If you are looking to lose weight, you may have come across studies that show that drugs used to control blood sugar for diabetics also have helped people lose weight. Some of these drugs have been approved for use as weight loss drugs and some are in the approval process.
Unfortunately using these drugs for weight loss may not be the best idea.
In this article, I’ll look at these medications, how they are intended to be used and why you shouldn’t use them for weight loss.
What is Ozempic?
Ozempic, is an injectable prescription medication used to control blood sugar in adults with Type 2 diabetes. It is also known by the generic name Semaglutide.
For blood sugar control it works by helping the pancreas to produce more insulin when your blood sugar is high. This ultimately leads to fat gain and muscle loss.
Semiglutide has been approved by the FDA under the brand name Wegovy as a weight loss drug, but due to shortages of Wegovy, Ozempic has been used as a weight loss drug.
What is Mounjaro?
Mounjaro is also an injectable prescription medication used to lower blood sugar levels. It is also known by the generic name Tirzepatide.
Mounjaro has not been approved for weight loss yet, but approval is expected this year.
What is Metformin?
Metformin is the most common drug used for lowering blood sugar. Metformin is sold under several brand names including Fortamet, Glumetza, Glucophage and Riomet. It is also included in several combination medications. Metformin comes in tablet or liquid form.
It is also used to control blood sugar levels in diabetics and has lately been used off label for weight loss.
How do these drugs help with weight loss?
These drugs are proposed to help with weight loss by affecting the hunger centers in the brain, reducing appetite and cravings. They also make you feel more full because they slow stomach emptying. But this leads to gut issues and microbiome changes that ultimately cause weight gain and hormonal issues.