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Benefits of Liraglutide

Benefits of Liraglutide

Obesity is a growing health concern worldwide, and it is associated with an increased risk of developing several chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. While diet and exercise are the mainstay of weight loss interventions, some people may need additional support to achieve their weight loss goals. Saxenda®, which contains the active ingredient liraglutide[1] is a medication that has been shown to aid in weight loss, and in this blog post, we will discuss its benefits.

What is liraglutide?

Saxenda® (liraglutide)  is a medication that is approved by the FDA for the treatment of obesity in adults. It belongs to a class of medications known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists, which work by mimicking the action of the hormone GLP-1. GLP-1 is released from the gut in response to food intake and helps regulate blood sugar levels, among other things.

How does  Saxenda® (liraglutide) aid in weight loss?

 Saxenda® (liraglutide) has been reported as aiding in weight loss in several ways. Firstly, it slows down the emptying of the stomach, leading to a feeling of fullness and reduced appetite. This means that people who take  Saxenda® (liraglutide) are likely to eat less and consume fewer calories overall. Secondly,  Saxenda® (liraglutide) increases the release of insulin, which helps to lower blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance, which can lead to weight loss. Finally,  Saxenda® (liraglutide) also reduces the secretion of glucagon, which is a hormone that increases blood sugar levels.

Benefits of  Saxenda® (liraglutide) for weight loss

  1. Significant weight loss: In clinical trials, people who took  Saxenda® (liraglutide) lost an average of 5-10% of their body weight over a period of 6 months to a year. This weight loss was sustained over time, with some people losing even more weight with continued use of the medication. [2]
  2. Improved blood sugar control:  Saxenda® (liraglutide) has been shown to improve blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes, which is often associated with obesity. By reducing insulin resistance and increasing insulin release,  Saxenda® (liraglutide) can help to lower blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of complications associated with diabetes.
  3. Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease: Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease, and weight loss can help to reduce this risk.  Saxenda® (liraglutide) has been shown to improve several cardiovascular risk factors, including blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and inflammation markers.
  4. Improved quality of life: Losing weight can improve a person’s overall health and well-being, including their mental health. By helping people to lose weight and improve their health,  Saxenda® (liraglutide) can improve their quality of life.

Conclusion

 Saxenda® (liraglutide) is a medication that can aid in weight loss and has several benefits for people who are struggling with obesity. It works by reducing appetite, improving blood sugar control, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, and improving quality of life. If you are struggling with obesity,  Saxenda® (liraglutide) may be a helpful tool in achieving your weight loss goals. However, it is important to talk to your doctor about whether Liraglutide is right for you, as it is not suitable for everyone and may have side effects.

[1] Saxenda® is a registered trademark of Novo Nordisk.  Ivim Health has no affiliation with Novo Nordisk.  The compounded liraglutide products available as part of Ivim Health’s Weight Loss Program are not made by Novo Nordisk or any company affiliated with Novo Nordisk.

[2] https://www.clinicaltrialsarena.com/projects/saxenda-liraglutide-obesity/?cf-view “Patients treated with Saxenda achieved at least 5% and 10% weight loss compared to placebo.”


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