Is The Latest 'Wonder Drug' Your Best Bet at a Healthy Lifestyle?
According to a recent study by the CDC (Center of Disease Control and Prevention), about 42% of adults and 20% of children in America are obese.
While diet and regular exercise are always recommended to manage weight and promote health, a new trend has developed as people are using the diabetes medication Ozempic to lose weight.
To be clear, Ozempic is NOT approved for weight loss, but is often prescribed for this use by doctors anyway. Ozempic is a weekly injectable that that helps the pancreas make more insulin, thus lowering blood sugar levels. It also mimics a naturally occurring hormone that slows digestion while telling your brain that your stomach is full.
As a weekly injectable, there is always the chance that your body adapts to the new drug in your system and your weight loss plateaus. Furthermore, Ozempic is not something that you can eventually stop using. You have to maintain weekly injections or any weight lost is likely to return. And it’s not cheap, a typical monthly dose can cost between $900 to a $1000.
Now, here’s the question? Is it worth it? Well, that depends on what you want to accomplish. If you just want to lose weight, Ozempic has been proven to do this. But, will Ozempic make you stronger? No. Will it increase your endurance? No. Improve your bone density? No. Flexibility? No. Blood pressure, heart rate, mental health?
As wonderful as any new, trendy weight loss drug sounds, it is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. The best way to truly improve your health and quality of life for the long term is consistent diet and exercise. You need to keep your frame strong, you need to remain active, you need to know what foods are best and which can be avoided. Does this take more effort? Of course. Is it overall worth it? In my opinion, absolutely.
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