The new wave of anti-obesity medications like e recepta ozempic is more than a weight loss fad: they can reverse dysfunctional pathways that cause obesity and lead to diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and more. Obesity medicine specialist W. Scott Butsch, MD, MSC, explains why.

Ozempic is an injectable medication that lowers your blood sugar levels to help control obesity and associated chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and sleep apnea. It works in multiple ways, including blocking a chemical in the liver that makes glucose and slowing the way food moves through the stomach. Over time, this helps your body absorb more glucose and decreases your blood sugar level to a healthy range.

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It’s important to talk to your doctor before taking Ozempic to make sure it’s the right choice for you. This includes a discussion of your overall health and all medications you’re taking. Ozempic may interact with other drugs that increase your risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), such as thiazolidinediones, ACE inhibitors and diuretics. It also may interact with certain foods.

You can get a prescription for ozempic from your doctor, or you can use a telemedicine service like Calibrate or Ro Body to have a telehealth professional give you a full health evaluation and a prescription. If you do this, it’s important to tell your doctor about any other medications and supplements you are taking. That way, they can ensure you’re getting the most benefit from this medication.