Game Changer Woman Uses Wegovy Injections to Lose Weight

When it comes to dealing with calories, we’re not all the same. If your metabolism and hormones aren’t working well, it’s much harder to lose weight. There is now a medicine that helps change this, but it might be hard for you to get it.

Ramsey Hare says she was always the overweight kid and then the heavy girl in high school, college and nursing school. At age 20, his weight soared to 380 pounds. But at 30, a birthday trip to the beach changed everything.

“I came back and looked at the pictures and I was devastated. I had no idea I looked like this,” Ramsey Hare, 42, said.

She couldn’t take the emotional pain anymore.

A miracle drug?
“I have never been hungry since the operation. It was amazing,”

“Traveling on a plane and having to ask for a seat belt extender, just little things like that that were emotionally traumatic,” she recalled.

So, 10 years ago, she turned to surgical specialists in Louisiana for a so-called sleeve bariatric surgery. With her post-surgical smaller stomach, which also further balances those dysregulated hunger hormones, Ramsey went down to 150 in 15 months.

“I have never been hungry since the operation. It was amazing,” Hare said.

The weight remained during this decade. At 40, she became a young married woman and wanted to become a mother. But a year and a half of fertility treatments with hormone injections, along with steroids, reversed much of the gains she had made while maintaining her weight loss.

“In the first six months I was already 40 pounds and I was terrified. None of my clothes fit. My scrubs weren’t fit for work. Brought back so many painful memories of, you know, depression and just anxiety,” Hare said.

But all of those painful emotions quickly disappeared with Wegovy’s FDA approval.

“A wonder drug is new to the market, and I was like, ‘Sign me up,'” Hare recalled telling the drug sales rep when he was demonstrating the once-a-week injection. in his work clinic.

“It’s simple. It’s painless, and it was a miracle. In three weeks I lost 18 pounds, and in three months I had lost 38 pounds, and so in six months I was at 47 pounds,” she said of her rapid weight loss numbers.

Ozempic has been on the market for several years to treat type 2 diabetes. It improves the way the body handles excesses of the hormone insulin. A side effect was that patients lost 15% of their body weight. So last year, in June 2021, it was reformulated and approved for weight loss in non-diabetic patients, as Wegovy.

“This drug is not a stimulant. It just makes you feel full. We know it affects your brain. It mimics a hormone that affects the satiety centers in your brain,” explained bariatric surgeon Dr. Matthew French.

Dr. French of Surgical Specialists of Louisiana, says about 20 of the clinic’s patients have used Wegovy.

“And they say they’re just not hungry. They don’t want food. They don’t want to. And it’s a powerful tool for weight loss,” explained Dr. French.

“And I wasn’t hungry, which was great. The best thing about this drug is that it makes alcohol taste horrible,” said Hare, who noted that she had gained some of her weight from the sugary calories in beer and beer. wine.

But after six months, Ramsey is no longer on Wegovy. His cost reduction coupon has run out. Most Louisiana insurance companies don’t pay for weight-loss drugs like hers. Despite the long-term cost savings when people maintain an ideal weight, companies don’t include it in their coverage. The other problem is that the drug is in high demand and can be difficult to obtain.

When asked if insurance would cover many more patients on Wegovy, Dr French replied: “Certainly. Now, this does not replace surgery. Surgery is still about twice as effective as this drug for weight loss, but compared to diet and exercise alone, it’s a given. Complete game changer.

Wegovy is for people who are very overweight or obese. LSU Health exercise and obesity expert Dr. Melinda Sothern says too much insulin in the blood causes fat storage in the belly. So, people who don’t have a metabolism problem and those who don’t qualify for this drug can get the same effect on controlling their insulin metabolism the old-fashioned way. We eat a Mediterranean diet.

“The reason insulin is secreted is because you’ve ingested it, either sugar or some kind of starch. It triggers it. So it’s not just about calories going in and out. It’s the qualities of your diet,” explained Dr. Melinda Sothern, professor emeritus at LSU Health Sciences Center.

The other natural way, of course, is exercise.

“Interestingly, exercise, a combination of strength training and moderate aerobic exercise, will do the same thing, but it does it through muscle action. This helps muscles use insulin more effectively,” Dr. Sothern said.

Ramsey doesn’t exercise, but now knows that even though Wegovy got her through the hardest part, she’ll have to exercise to maintain her weight without the injections. And yes, she knows that includes cutting back on sugary carbs.

“If I can get through Mardi Gras, you know. I only had one piece of kings cake. Only one, and I didn’t even eat it all,” Hare said.

The injection can boost your weight loss by 2% to 15%, compared to diet and exercise.

Side effects can be nausea and digestive problems in one to three percent of patients. Serious side effects are very rare.

Without insurance, the monthly cost is $1,500. With insurance, it’s $25.

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