Semaglutide: A Game-Changer for My Personal Diabetes Management
Last updated: November 2023
I've been managing my type 2 diabetes for the past year using semaglutide, a medication from the GLP-1 drug class.1
Let me tell you, it's been a game-changer for my health and well-being! While this treatment has dramatically improved my health, I have also encountered some negative reactions from people who believe that I am taking "the easy way out."
It is disheartening to see the misconceptions surrounding semaglutide and GLP-1 medications, as they are not just a fad medication but a legitimate form of treatment for people living with type 2 diabetes.
In this article, I am breaking down these misconceptions and sharing my personal experience with this medication.
The false narrative of "the easy way out"
One of the most significant misconceptions about semaglutide and GLP-1 medications is that they are a "quick fix" or an "easy way out" for managing diabetes. This narrative is not only hurtful, but it also undermines the hard work and dedication that I and many other people living with type 2 diabetes put into managing our health.
GLP-1 medications are not a miracle cure but rather a tool for managing diabetes alongside other lifestyle changes like nutritious eating and exercise. Also, like many medications, the body takes time to adjust and acclimate to semaglutide, so it's not as simple as taking a pill and watching the pounds melt away.
It takes patience, commitment, and perseverance to see results, along with maintaining a consistent, healthy lifestyle.
Navigating conversations about my diabetes treatment
As someone who regularly shares about my health journey on social media, I have encountered many conversations where people question or criticize my use of semaglutide.
It can be challenging to navigate these conversations without getting defensive or feeling like I need to explain myself. However, I have learned that education is key to breaking down misconceptions and changing people's perspectives.
I try to approach these conversations with patience and empathy, sharing my personal experience and knowledge about GLP-1 medications. As a former full-time caregiver to my mom, who was transitioning, my glucose levels were constantly high due to my stress level.
My mother had many critical responses in her final days, and it was emotionally challenging for me to process which affected my cortisol levels. Thus, it was a vicious cycle that greatly influenced how I managed my diabetes.
I soon decided to try semaglutide after researching and consulting with my doctor, and it has considerably improved my health and quality of life.
Everyone's diabetes experience is different
The truth is everyone's journey with diabetes is different, and what works for one person may not work for another.
Before taking semaglutide, I had success on Metformin and Januvia, but due to the life-changing event of losing my mom, those medications were no longer effective for me.
With my mom dying, I have insomnia, constant panic attacks, and bouts of depression. This affects my glucose levels, especially the lack of proper sleep.
Breaking the stigma of diabetes treatments
GLP-1 medications like semaglutide are not a one-size-fits-all solution, but they can be a valuable tool for managing diabetes and have been for me.
I hope that we can break the stigma and misconceptions surrounding these medications and support each other on our unique journeys with diabetes.
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