Many people, on social media, are saying that they’re losing weight on the new diabetes drug Ozempic. This drug works by lowering blood sugar and spurring insulin production, but insurers are reluctant to cover it, and it can cost $900 or more a month. However, some people who have tried the drug seem to have serious side effects.
TikTok is full of influencers showing off their stunning before-and-after shots and their weight loss after using the new class of weight loss drugs, but too many patients see this as a “quick fix” without the possible downsides.
Worldwide obesity rates have tripled since 1975, with 650 million adults obese in 2016, according to the World Health Organization. In 2019, the OECD declared that developed countries’ plans to tackle the problem largely failed. And the Covid-19 pandemic only underscored that obesity puts people at greater risk for infectious disease but are new weight loss drugs the answer?