A miracle weight loss drug that’s approved in the US and the UK and has few side effects?
Ozempic is going viral on social media. Users are posting dramatic before and after pictures of their weight loss. An Ozempic trend is allegedly blossoming in Hollywood, and famous personalities like Elon Musk claim to have taken it.
Many remain doubtful, dismissing the craze as just another internet scam preying on people’s insecurities. However, earlier this month - semaglutide - the drug’s active ingredient, was approved as a weight loss treatment by the UK’s National Health Service. Even the most sceptical are taking note.
Jonathan speaks to Dr Robert Kushner the lead investigator of the huge phase 3 clinical trial that evaluated the safety and effectiveness of semaglutide. He is a founder of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and hailed the drug as a ‘game-changer’ in regards to the treatment of obesity.
Please be aware: Dr. Kushner is also a consultant on the medical advisory board for Novo Nordisk - the company that manufactures semaglutide.
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03:17 – Quickfire questions
04:20 – What is Ozempic, and how does it work?
05:54 – Treating obesity like diabetes
10:24 – The ‘gamechanger’ Semiglutide clinical trial
14:19 – The role our ancestors play in our weight
17:16 – Short-term weight loss vs long-term weight loss
18:40 – Myths about obesity
21:53 – Obesity, a modern problem
23:56 – Other outcomes of the clinical trial
26:59 – The side effects of Semiglutide
31:45 – Risks of using Semiglutide without medical supervision
33:05 – Is Semaglutide linked to cancer?
36:59 – Can you take it If you’re not obese?
39:15 – The long term commitment of Semiglutide
42:49 – Will I put on weight if I stop taking it?
46:01 – Is this the end of obesity
49:30 – Summary
52:28 – Outro
Episode transcripts are available here.
Dr. Robert Kushner’s book, Six Factors to Fit: Weight Loss that Works for You!, is available to buy here
Follow Dr. Robert Kushner here
Studies mentioned: Once-Weekly Semaglutide in Adults with Overweight or Obesity
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