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My Experience With Ozempic for Type 2 Diabetes

Science continues to offer solutions for various medical issues, and in the past few years, Ozempic was introduced to me as a way to possibly lower my A1c. While everyone's experiences with medications widely differ, this is my experience with taking Ozempic for managing my type 2 diabetes.

What is Ozempic?

Ozempic is the name of a medication classified as a semaglutide. Semaglutides are glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists and lower blood sugar by triggering the pancreas to release insulin after meals.1

Learning about Ozempic

I first heard about Ozempic through television advertisements. If I'm being honest, what caught my attention was the claim that some people lost weight using it. I know that managing my blood sugar is most important to me, but the thought of losing some weight also piqued my interest. And while it is not intended for weight loss alone, that's a beneficial outcome for some people.

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Consuling my doctor and experiencing side effects

I asked my doctor about Ozempic. Basically, she had a sample to try and then sent in a prescription for me. I did have some insurance issues with the prescription, which worked out after an appeal. Along with insurance and the helpful card from Ozempic, I pay 25 dollars monthly for the prescription.

I had read about the side effects of Ozempic and experienced some nasty side effects when I started the treatment. I became extremely nauseous after eating beef, even as a healthy meal. So much so that I had to go to urgent care.

Taking time to let my body adjust

But don't let that scare you. After my body adjusted to the medication, I had very few side effects. I noticed that my appetite decreased, and I felt fuller faster. As of now, I've lost 50 pounds since starting Ozempic.

Throughout my experience on Ozempic, I've learned about new eating methods. I realized that I love plant-based meats. I never thought I'd enjoy a plant-based burger! I've limited my consumption of sausage, burgers, and other things.

I've noticed that I can tolerate more foods than when I started the treatment. It's obvious to me that my body has adjusted. But I have maintained this weight and would like to lose more in the future.

Normal blood sugar ranges

Another plus of taking Ozempic has been stabilizing my blood glucose. Now, my blood sugar stays in the normal range. However, this drug isn't a fix-it-all by itself. You must prioritize proper nutrition and physical activity to meet your diabetes management goals. Portion control has been easier since I feel fuller faster. Mostly when I overeat, it's by habit, not necessity.

Find what's right for you

I can't say whether this drug is right for you. Each person is unique and has different healthcare-related goals and needs. There are always warnings or side effects that come with any treatment, and Ozempic is no different.

Other than nausea, I haven't had any other adverse reactions, but everyone is different. Some people have issues with diarrhea or constipation. Some have severe nausea. It all depends on your doctor's recommendations and how you react.

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