February 26, 2023

Is Ozempic a Safe Way to Treat Obesity?

The Dangers of Weight Loss Injections Without Medical Approval

Hi Everyone. I hope that you are well. You know that social media fuels unhealthy habits. Ozempic (and other brand names for Semaglutide), a self-administered weekly injection prescription medicine for Type 2 Diabetes, is gaining traction for being effective for weight loss. People are obtaining the drug from ‘online pharmacies’, leading to a shortage of patients with diabetes who need it.

There are significant health risks to taking prescription medicine for a health condition if you don’t have that condition and without your doctor’s approval.

For Ozempic, you may suffer the mildest case, extreme nausea, and vomiting to the severe: fetus deformities, thyroid cancer, pancreatitis, chronic renal failure, and hypoglycemia – and that is just what is written on Ozempic’s website.

When weight is gained as dramatically as it is lost, with some severe initial and long-term side effects (that could leave you hospitalized), and some we don’t know about, is it worth it? Especially when you can lose a lot of weight fast and safely!

What is Ozempic?

Ozempic’s Side Effects

What Are the Risks of Taking Ozempic?

Are there Dangers With Ozempic?

Does Medication Cause Disease?

Is Ozempic Good For Weight Loss?

Can Ozempic Affect Fertility?

Can Ozempic Affect Pregnancy?

Long-Term Effects of Weight Loss Injections

Does Lack of Sleep Cause Weight Gain?

Is Obesity a Chronic Disease?

How to Treat Obesity Naturally

What is Ozempic?

Ozempic (one of the brand names for semaglutide) is a glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1)  receptor agonist, an antidiabetic medication used for Type 2 Diabetes treatment to control blood sugar levels. It makes Diabetes sufferers feel full and reduces their appetite, but if stopped, appetite, blood sugar levels, and weight gain return.

Wegovy, which is also semaglutide, has been created for the condition of obesity, but patients with both of these diseases need to be monitored.

Semaglutide has been widely studied for people with Type 2 Diabetes but not for people without the condition.

Ozempic’s Side Effects

Any doctor will tell you that medication has side effects, but they weigh the pros and cons, based on your medical history, about the potential benefits to your health. Ozempic is for patients under medical supervision for Type 2 Diabetes that doctors have deemed qualify for the Ozempic injection. 

The side effects may be intense. It is not meant to be a temporary drug or for people who want to lose a few pounds.

The common side effects, according to Ozempic’s official website: are:

Possible thyroid tumors, including cancer. Ozempic and medicines that work like Ozempic (GLP-1 Receptor Agonists) cause thyroid cancer. Long-term GLP-1R (Ozempic) activation is associated with increased calcitonin levels, which means tumor formation and C-cell hyperplasia. Madsen et al. (2012). C-cell hyperplasia (CCH) is an increased mass of C-cells within the thyroid gland follicles and a precursor to thyroid cancer.

What Are the Risks of Taking Ozempic?

Ozempic also warns not to use their Diabetes product if you or anyone in your family have ever had Medullary Thyroid Cancer (MTC) or Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type 2 (MEN 2).

It also warns you not to use it if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Ozempic. Severe hypersensitivity reactions (anaphylaxis, angioedema) have been reported in patients treated with Ozempic.

This is why you need to be under medical supervision if you take Ozempic or Wedovy. Doctors who understand the physiology of semaglutide, and know your medical history, should be the only people prescribing Ozempic or Wedovy.

The side effects experienced at the moment without knowing the long-term side effects of everyone reporting taking it for weight loss are commonly known:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Acid reflux
  • Headache
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Cramping
  • Constipation


These side effects kick in within hours of starting the treatment for Type 2 diabetes, which is why the dosage is gradually increased under medical supervision.

Are there Dangers With Ozempic?

Ozempic warns that their product may cause even more severe side effects:

  • Inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis). Their website states that you should stop taking Ozempic if you have severe pain in your stomach, with or without vomiting. Ozempic has not been studied in patients with a history of pancreatitis.
  • Vision changes.
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). They state: Your risk for getting low blood sugar may be higher if you use Ozempic with another medicine that causes low blood sugar.
  • Kidney problems (kidney failure). As stated on their website, there have been postmarketing reports of acute kidney injury and worsening of chronic renal failure in patients treated with GLP-1 receptor agonists. Some of these are reported in patients with no known underlying renal disease. Most reported events occurred in patients who had experienced nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or dehydration.
  • Serious allergic reactions. Anaphylaxis and angioedema have been reported. See above.
  • Gallbladder problems. Cases have been reported.

They then list the common side effects that many people state that they are experiencing so far. Since Ozempic hasn’t been around for long, many people may not know the far-reaching damage their body is undertaking from taking the drug.

Does Medication Cause Disease?

We know that medication, antibiotics, and non-antibiotics influence the gut microbiome, ultimately leading to impaired health outcomes, as stated in this study by Bastard et al. (2018).

Gut dysbiosis leads to immune dysregulation, which leads to chronic inflammation, which leads to disease.

Gut dysbiosis, which happens with a medication, can cause severe depression and anxiety.

Medicine.gov lists all of the precautions about semaglutide, the ingredient in Ozempic, and has added:

You should know that your mental health may change in unexpected ways, and you may become suicidal while you are using semaglutide injections for weight loss.

Likewise, treating the gut microbiome through compounds that the body can recognize and metabolize, like good nutrient-and-microbiota-loving foods and drinks, will ultimately lead to good health outcomes. Only surprising and wondrous ones! With no nasty side effects. Chronic conditions can be treated naturally, but I always advise everyone to discuss treatments with their doctor.

Is Ozempic Good For Weight Loss?

Let’s reiterate that Ozempic is a prescription medicine to be taken under medical supervision for adults with type 2 Diabetes (not type 1, as their website warns). It is to be injected daily with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise to improve blood sugar.

It is also prescribed for adults with Diabetes and heart disease to reduce heart attack, stroke, or death risks.

Ozempic does state that patients with Diabetes and heart disease treated with Ozempic, compared to a placebo, had more events of diabetic retinopathy complications.

Can Ozempic Affect Fertility?

In a combined fertility and embryofetal development study on rats, small doses were given to males for four weeks before mating, to females two weeks prior, and throughout organogenesis to Gestation Day 17. The offspring had reduced growth and abnormalities in fetuses with visceral (heart blood vessels) and skeletal (cranial bones, vertebra, ribs).

In rabbits, early pregnancy losses were experienced along with increased kidney, liver, and fetal skeletal abnormalities.

Can Ozempic Affect Pregnancy?

There is no data on how Semaglutide affects human milk and the effects on breastfed infants. Still, Ozempic does advise giving it up two months before a planned pregnancy, due to the long washout period of semaglutide, due to the above studies.

Long-Term Effects of Weight Loss Injections

Your doctor will advise you about all the effects of weight loss injections.

Studies show that stopping severe weight loss drugs, injections, and other weight loss regimes will most likely lead to regaining most weight loss within a few months. It stops intuitive eating, so you do not know when to eat and when you are full, which also affects other areas of your health, like sleep.

Does Lack of Sleep Cause Weight Gain?

Lack of sleep induces craving due to disrupting essential functions that occur during sleep, for instance. So, as soon as you stop, weight piles back on, with the added burden of more severe conditions. Check out this article: Weight Loss & The Link to Sleep.

Reducing appetite severely is not healthy long term. Extreme regimes lead to extreme behaviors. We should not be starving ourselves. We need to eat the right foods regularly.

Many people eat because of emotions, boredom, stress, and habit. They can eat the wrong foods with lots of chemicals, which causes obesity.

Changing eating habits cannot be changed by extreme weight loss regimes. Mindset and mental well-being can, though! Check our testimonials.

Is Obesity a Chronic Disease?

Obesity is a chronic inflammatory condition that can be treated naturally and safely without injections and extreme weight loss regimes. Weight loss can occur quickly on EBS, but it lasts and continues as time goes on. Meanwhile, majorly excellent side effects of energy and mental well-being accompany weight loss. Good body composition follows. Check out the video testimonials!

How to Treat Obesity Naturally

Having autonomy over your health is through treating your gut microbiota. We start this with the 6-week Reset.

Gut microbiota can be modulated positively or negatively by different lifestyle and dietary factors and can even ‘turn off’ any hereditary links to obesity. If there is obesity in the family, then you can lower the expression of that gene through your gut microbiota. As stated in this study by Cuevas-Sierra et al. (2019).

Your microbiota changes with obesity, and in the same way, it can be treated by changing your microbiota, which happens pretty quickly.

You will be surprised at how weight falls off by targeting gut microbiota, turning off genetic expression, resetting your mindset, eating the right foods and nourishing, not starving yourself, and being kind to yourself.

Try these recipes that aid weight loss (when eaten as part of a varied anti-inflammatory diet, daily): Egg Muffins: Sweet Potatoes, Carrots & Chives, Paleo Energy Bars, and Chicken Tagine With Preserved Lemons. 

Stress management, breathing, moving and stretching, and sleeping well help treat chronic conditions like obesity. 

Depression is lifted, and any other signs and symptoms of inflammation that run alongside obesity diminish, and it’s not temporary. Weight does not come piling back on, nor does it put you at risk of being hospitalized.

You will be amazed at the transformation!

You may want to read Why Am I Always Hungry?, How to Lose Weight For and During Holidays, and Best Exercise to Lose Belly Fat Quickly.

EBS has been approved by doctors worldwide and is BUPA-global-approved. You can start it safely today. Run it by your healthcare provider. They are most likely prescribing it to their patients with chronic inflammation already.

As always, I wish you excellent health and a wonderful day!


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