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Semaglutide is typically administered as an injection once a week. It is available in pre-filled syringes and should be injected subcutaneously (under the skin) in the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm. The dose of semaglutide may vary depending on each patient’s journey specific to them. It is important to follow the dosing instructions provided by our performance team.

Due to safety and efficacy, Form MD Performance treatment utilizes solely FDA-approved medications that belong to the GLP-1 class. These glucagon-like peptides are originally intended to treat type 2 diabetes and assist in regulating blood sugar levels, consequently resulting in weight loss.

In 2014, the first GLP-1 medication gained FDA approval for weight management, and has become increasingly common since. GLP-1 hormones are potent and are generated by the small intestine, with the ability to send signals to the metabolic system and brain. They work to control insulin response, appetite, and digestion, helping to promote feelings of fullness for longer periods and optimizing nutritional absorption.

GLP-1 in the Body

The medication included in Form MD Performance’s treatment targets blood sugar fluctuations and promotes the loss of fat. GLP-1 medications are a class of drugs that mimic the action of the natural hormone GLP-1 in the body. They work by stimulating the release of insulin from the pancreas in response to food intake, reducing the amount of glucose produced by the liver, and slowing down the emptying of the stomach. This helps to lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes and can also lead to weight loss.

In addition to improving blood sugar control and aiding weight loss, GLP-1 medications may also have other beneficial effects on cardiovascular health, such as reducing blood pressure and improving lipid levels.

3D rendering of Glucagon-like peptide 1 molecule


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Safety & Side Effects

Like any medication, GLP-1 medications can have side effects, but they are generally well-tolerated. The most common side effects include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, especially when starting the medication or increasing the dose. These side effects usually improve over time.


Overall, GLP-1 medications are considered safe and effective for the management of type 2 diabetes and weight loss, and they may have additional benefits for cardiovascular health. However, as with any medication, it’s important to discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider and to carefully follow the prescribed dosing and monitoring schedule.

Benefits of GLP-1

GLP-1 medications are primarily used to treat type 2 diabetes by regulating blood sugar levels. They stimulate insulin secretion and suppress glucagon secretion, which results in lower blood sugar levels.
GLP-1 medications are also effective in promoting weight loss. They work by reducing appetite and increasing feelings of fullness, leading to reduced food intake and ultimately, weight loss.
GLP-1 medications have been found to have a blood pressure-lowering effect, which is beneficial for individuals with hypertension or high blood pressure.
Studies have shown that GLP-1 medications can reduce inflammation, which is associated with several chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
GLP-1 medications have been shown to improve cardiovascular health by reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular events.
GLP-1 medications have been found to improve insulin sensitivity, which is beneficial for individuals with insulin resistance or pre-diabetes. By improving insulin sensitivity, GLP-1 medications can help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.