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Doctors “Weigh In” on Ozempic® and Wegovy®


What do doctors think of Wegovy and Ozempic for weight loss?

Ozempic®, known generically as semaglutide, was developed by a Danish multinational pharmaceutical company, Novo Nordisk in 2012 and was approved in 2017 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Wegovy® was also developed by Novo Nordisk and is basically the same drug as Ozempic® but comes in different strengths. Wegovy® was approved by the FDA in 2021 for weight loss and long-term weight management.

If you want some more background information on how these drugs work and the overall premise of using them to lose weight, click here.

What do the doctors say about the new weight loss drugs, Ozempic® and Wegovy®?

While Ozempic® and Wegovy® have become very popular in the last couple of years, research confirms that these drugs can trigger some negative gastrointestinal side effects and may increase the risk of pancreatitis, bowel obstruction and stomach paralysis.

Dr. Caroline Messer, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City said, “We’re all aware of all these side effects, but the benefit of losing 40 to 50 pounds clearly outweighs the small risk of these side effects. You decrease your risk of gout, heart disease, strokes, heart attacks and diabetes, so these risks in no way convince me to stop prescribing these medications.”

Dr. David Katz, a specialist in preventative and lifestyle medicine and president of the True Health Initiative voiced his opinion saying, “We don’t yet have the long-term experience with these drugs to understand fully the risk/benefit trade-offs with extended use, but the adverse effects chronicled here are a precautionary tale”. He went on to say, “This is a good reminder that the first, best and safest approach to managing weight and metabolic health is a healthy diet and lifestyle.”


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Dr. Simeons helped people lose weight using the HCG Diet Protocol beginning in the late 1950’s. DIYHCG began in 2009 and we’re still here at DIY Diet Store using this weight loss plan that we consider tried and true!

For a nuts and bolts comparison of Ozempic®, Wegovy® and HCG, click here.