Which pathway is right for me?
That’s what we are here for! Let’s talk and determine which pathway we will go down together. Either way, we are here to help you reach your health and wellness goals.
Do you take insurance?
Yes and no. We don’t take it ourselves but we will help get your GLP-1 weight loss medications covered, if possible. The process for approval for GLP1’s can be challenging so think of us as your insurance concierge. Your monthly membership fee is not covered by insurance, but you can, however, use your HSA/FSA card.
What is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide is a glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1) analog. GLP-1 is a hormone naturally produced in the small intestine that stimulates insulin secretion and inhibits glucagon secretion, thereby lowering blood sugar. There are many forms of semagltuide in the market like Ozempic and Wegovy.
Studies show that semaglutide reduces appetite, improves control of eating, and reduces food cravings in addition to improving glycemic control. Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) incretin hormone that helps the pancreas release insulin, which in turn helps the body control blood sugar levels.
What is Tirzepatide?
Tirzepatide combines two classes of medications: GLP-1 and GIP whereas Semaglutide is just the GLP-1. In some studies, Tirzepatide was found to be superior in treating diabetes patients to Semaglutide. It works by mimicking the effects of incretin hormones–or, hormones that are released after eating that regulate the amount of insulin your pancreas secretes and lowers the amount of glucose your liver makes. In short, this helps you to feel fuller longer, slow down digestion, and lowers your blood sugar. The most common form of Tirzepatide is Monjauro.
What is the difference between Tirzepatide & Semaglutide?
Tirzepatide combines two classes of medications: GLP-1 and GIP, whereas semaglutide includes just the GLP-1. Patients are reporting significantly less nausea symptoms with tirzpeatide.
How long until I see results?
You will start on a lower dose and then titrate up every 4 weeks. It’s important to let your body get used to the medication before upping your dose. Many people will feel less hunger and reduced cravings within the first 24-48 hours. The best method for losing weight is slow and steady. It’s important to focus on upgrading your lifestyle habits to complement with the medication.
Are there side effects?
Possible side effects of Semaglutide:
- Stomach discomfort
Possible side effects of Tirzepatide:
- Difficulty in breathing or swallowing
- fast heartbeat
- gaseous stomach pain
- recurrent fever
- skin itching, rash, or redness
- stomach fullness
- swelling of the face, throat, or tongue
- yellow eyes or skin
Will I gain all the weight back when I stop?
Due to the beneficial lifestyle changes Semaglutide and Tirzepatide promotes, it is possible to stay at a consistent weight when you get off of the medication. However, if you go back to poor eating and lifestyle habits, it is likely that weight gain will occur.
Do I need to change my diet or lifestyle?
To experience the best results possible we recommend incorporating healthier eating habits and moving your body. Prioritizing protein, healthy fats and fiber as well as reducing the amount of processed foods is highly recommended.
Is medication included in the membership fee for the insurance-backed program?
GLP-1 medications are not included but your Care Team will work with you to get your medication covered by insurance. If insurance covers your medication, you may still be responsible for a copay.
What is the recommended maximum dosage for the compounded GLP-1 Medication?
The recommended maximum dosage is 50 units of the compounded GLP-1 medication. If you titrate past this, you will be charged your monthly subscription price plus an additional vial at an ala carte rate. All ala carte vial sizes should be consulted with the provider and case manager. Please contact your case manager for this pricing.