the new worrying phenomenon that is sweeping

the new worrying phenomenon that is sweeping
the new worrying phenomenon that is sweeping

The trend is not new but continues to rage on social networks: Ozempic, this drug used as an antidiabetic, has become the slimming secret of many celebrities and influencers. We remember, for example, Kim Kardashian who used it to put on Marilyn’s legendary dress. Just type the hashtag #ozempic on TikTok or Instagram to understand the extent of this worrying phenomenon. The different social platforms have in fact accumulated millions of views on this subject. Presented as a revolutionary technique for losing weight in record time, it is however increasingly controversial among the medical profession. Particularly for the dangers of its use. Indeed, Ozempic is not initially intended to help people who use it lose weight, other than people suffering from severe obesity. Similarly, another drug called Wegovy produces the same effects. These two medications contain a molecule called semaglutide. It is the latter which helps regulate insulin levels and blood sugar levels. When taking any of these medications, the appetite is reduced because they force the stomach to empty more slowly. Research has shown that adults with a body mass index of 30 or more who received a weekly injection of 2.4 milligrams of semaglutide, and who made lifestyle changes, lost an average of 15% of their body weight over time. time.

Harvard University gives its advice for maintaining the figure:

The side effects

In a file devoted to the subject, the New York Times headlined this in 2023: “Who is not under Ozempic”. In France, it is estimated that only 1% of the population of people who use it would not be considered diabetic according to the latest figures from the ASNM. At the end of 2022, the manufacturer of Ozempic had already reported supply difficulties for diabetic patients due to diversion of its use. Several European countries have decided to temporarily ban the use of Ozempic as a weight loss treatment for several months, notably Belgium and Great Britain. But despite all the measures put in place, the drug continues to appeal to those wishing to lose weight quickly and now the testimonies concerning the side effects of this drug are surging. Among these, we find the “Ozempic face”. The expression was first used by Doctor Paul Jarrod Frank, a dermatologist practicing in New York who, in an interview for the New York Times, explained this: “One of my patients, aged 50, came to a consultation. She had suddenly become very thin and needed wrinkle filler, a procedure she had never needed before. I asked her how long she had been taking the Ozempic treatment (and I’m never wrong about that). »

Losing a lot of weight in a short time obviously has repercussions: in some people we observe sagging and aging of the skin on the face. Cosmetic surgeon Glyn Estebanez explains: “Significant loss of volume in the face can deepen the features and create this gaunt appearance. ” He adds : “When you are younger, facial fat is evenly distributed but with age, and after taking Ozempic, we find that the volume of fat decreases, clumps together and moves downward, so that the previously fleshier features sag, and the skin that was smooth and taut loosens and hangs. “ Wrinkles can then be more marked and the jawline hollowed out.

Another part of the body is also often impacted after too rapid weight loss while taking Ozempic: the buttocks. Here again, a generic term has appeared and we now speak of the “Ozempic” buttocks: a flabby and relaxed buttocks. Along with the loss of collagen and elasticity of the skin, it is also possible to observe severe hair loss and brittle nails. As you will have understood, taking such a medication requires good support. Especially since not everyone reacts in the same way. If your only goal is to lose weight, it is better to first adopt a balanced diet rather than relying on medication. And if that’s not enough, your doctor will be best able to advise you on what’s best for you.

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