Applying Diabetes Medication For Weight Loss Can Be Dangerous- Experts

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Health experts have cautioned Nigerians against the abuse and misuse of a diabetes medication recently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, noting that those using the drug for weight loss without consulting qualified health experts are taking serious risks.

They also cautioned beauty salons using the drug for weight loss to desist from the act.

According to the experts, the unguided use of the drug, mainly used for the management of diabetes has now become the new fad for beauty saloons’ in the weight loss business, warning that using the drug without the guidance of the right health expert could be dangerous.

They also bemoaned the availability of the drug in the market, noting that such medication should not be easily procured by non-medically certified outlets that are now using it for weight loss.

The medication, semaglutide, is an antidiabetic medication used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

In 2017, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved semaglutide as an injectable medication for the treatment of diabetes.

Then in 2021, FDA approved Wegovy, which has a higher dose of the active ingredient semaglutide to treat obesity.

However, over time, the drug has become a popular weight loss fad with even Elon Musk, the Chief Executive Officer of Twitter attributing his weight loss to the use of the drug in a tweet.

According to experts, semaglutide help lowers blood sugar levels and regulates insulin, which is crucial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

The drug also imitates a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 that is naturally produced in the intestines by limiting appetite and as a result of this, people with obesity and accompanying health concerns have lost weight while taking it.

However, due to this, there has been an overwhelming demand for the drug for weight loss and as observed, it is now marketed by beauty bars as a weight loss drug.

Despite its recent popularity, health experts warn against the non-medically guided prescription of the drug by beauty outlets. Professor of Endocrinology, Christian Okafor, and Consultant Endocrinologist, Dr. Oluwarotimi Olopade noted that obesity is a disease that needs to be treated medically.

Prof. Christian Okafor stated that in as much the drug has been approved for obesity, it is important to stress that it still undergoing post-market surveillance saying “when people throw caution to the wind and begin to use it anyhow, then they might be exposing patients to unnecessary risks.”

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