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Diabetes Injections, Hollywood’s New Secret to Losing Weight

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Hollywood’s New Secret to Losing Weight is a Diabetes Injection Credit: Marco Verch Professional Photographer CC BY 2.0 / Flickr

Diabetes Injections is the new secret method for losing weight in Hollywood.

Many well-known personalities have evidently embraced the trend. Celebrities like Elon Musk and Kim Kardashian, reportedly have been using these injections to lose a few extra pounds fast.

Elon Musk publicly proclaimed he does not like working out after his father criticised his poor eating habits and has admitted using Wegovy, the injection used for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or overweight with at least one weight-related condition (such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol),

When asked on Twitter by a fan on Tuesday, “What’s your secret?” as she complimented his newly minted fit and ripped figure, Musk replied, ‘Fasting’ and ‘Wegovy’.

Wegovy is a high dose of the popular diabetes drug semaglutide. Still, influencers on TikTok are touting the myriad weight loss benefits.

The reality star, Kim Kardashian, recently lost a dramatic 20 pounds and one TikToker @peoples_pharmacy pulled up Musk’s recent tweet about Wegovy. In the TikTok video she posted, she asked then “How did Kim K lose so much weight so fast? Is she on Wegovy/Ozempic/Mounjaro?”

Advantages and Side Effects of Diabetes Injection

Semaglutide, sold under the brand names Wegovy and Ozempic among others, is an antidiabetic medication used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and long-term weight management. However, the majority of people use it for long-term weight management, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

The drug can be pricey, costing up to $1300 per month in the U.S, as insurance companies do not cover it. Yet more and more people are using it has been shown to reduce body weight by 15%.

The Danish pharma juggernaut Novo Nordis produces Ozempic, first approved by the US Food and Drug Administration at the lower dosage of 1 milligram. Today however, the 2.4 milligram dose has shown more promising results.

Research previously carried out by the University of Alabama revealed that overweight and obese participants jabbing themselves with Ozempic weekly lost 37 pounds.

However, doctors warn of the side effects of these injections just like with any other type of medication.

Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine Physician at Lenox Hill, told The Post, “The risk of gastrointestinal side effects including nausea, vomiting, bloating and constipation is a caution to patients.”

Overwhelming demand leads to concern

The overwhelming demand for the medication is leading to some concern however given that those who actually have a medical need for the injections may run short of supply.

According to Matt Mahowald, a Hollywood nutritionist, the chief benefits of the injections are “moderating and pulling back insulin secretion, and slowing down your stomach from emptying. It promotes satiation from food.”

The demand is so high though, that in his words,  “It’s become a huge problem, everyone jumping on this bandwagon. The insurance companies are refusing to cover this for anyone who is not diabetic. It’s led to panic. Pharmacies have units on back order through December.”

The drug apparently exploded on the market with the rise of the TikTok trend #MyOzempicJourney showing jaw-dropping weight loss. To this date, over 74 millions viewers have clicked on it.

The dangers of its long-term use have also created worry, the most common side effects bloating, constipation, diarrhea. Yet that, it seems, is a risk that many in Hollywood are willing to take.

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