Diverted for his slimming effects, the drug Ozempicprescribed in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, is used on TikTok by users who want to lose weight. The #Ozempic hashtag has accumulated nearly 500 million views and specialists are concerned about Side effects of this viral trend (source 1).
The enthusiasm is such that supply voltages are beginning to be felt. Promotional videos for this slimming ally abound on the Chinese social network where you can find the testimony of a user in the United States:
“I started Ozempic six weeks ago… I didn’t do any exercise, I just injected the product!” she explains, showing her slim figure.
The Novo Nordisk laboratory has been marketing this drug in France since 2019. It indicates that Ozempic is well stipulated for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, so uncontrolled. Its principle is to come bind to receptors for a hormone that controls blood sugar and stimulates the release of insulin, when the blood glucose level is high. Therefore, he slows stomach emptying and reduces feelings of hungerwhich leads to a weightloss.
With this consequence, and this side effect, this drug has indeed been transformed in the United States to fight against obesity, with a stronger dose and under the name of Wegovy. However, there are other side effects, potentially serious, related to the consumption of Ozempic, such as attacks on the pancreas, thyroid disorders or intestinal discomfort.
“There are also rarer but more serious risks such as acute pancreatitis, which can occur even at low doses, biliary disorders, rare cases of severe constipation which can lead to intestinal obstruction. But also an increased risk of thyroid cancer after several years of treatment,” explains Professor Jean-Luc Faillie, from the University of Montpellier.
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