Published on November 16, 2023, 12:51 am
A recent study has revealed promising news about the potential benefits of Wegovy beyond just weight loss or diabetes management. Researchers have found that this medication can also improve heart health and reduce the risk of heart attacks or strokes by up to 20% according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Katie Benziger, a cardiologist at Essentia Health, highlights the significance of this study because the participants did not have diabetes. This means that even individuals without diabetes can benefit from using Wegovy to prevent heart problems. Dr. Benziger emphasizes that Wegovy is an effective medication for diabetics and believes that all diabetics should consider taking it, as it has proved to be superior to insulin. She suggests discussing the possibility of taking Semaglutide (the active ingredient in Wegovy) with doctors if patients are currently using insulin.
Prior to this study, insurance companies often only covered medications like Wegovy for diabetic patients. However, now that there is evidence supporting its use in preventing heart issues, insurance companies may consider providing coverage for those seeking to use it for weight loss purposes.
However, obtaining access to Wegovy can still be challenging for many patients. Tifany Steenstra, a pharmacist at Gateway Pharmacy, explains that they frequently face difficulties in keeping up with demand and often experience backorders. Despite the high demand from patients eagerly awaiting this medication, it remains uncertain when the next shipment will arrive.
Dr. Benziger reminds individuals considering drugs like Wegovy that there are risks involved, and as such, it is important to consult with their primary care doctors before starting any new medication regimen. She emphasizes that weight loss and diabetes drugs are most effective when used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle incorporating exercise and a balanced diet.
This recent study on Wegovy represents a significant breakthrough in understanding its potential cardiovascular benefits beyond its initial indications for weight loss and diabetes management. As more research and studies delve into the medication’s diverse benefits, it is hopeful that more patients will have access to this potentially life-changing treatment option for their heart health.