According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 42% of the U.S. population is obese or very overweight. And that is troubling since excess body fat can give way to numerous health problems.
Additionally, according to the Mayo Clinic, individuals who are obese or moderately overweight are more likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even certain cancers.
While cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and even joint pain are consequences of being obese or overweight that most people know about, skin problems are not as well known. But they should be.
According to researchers involved in a study published by the National Institutes of Health, 60% to 70% of individuals who are obese or substantially overweight experience one or several skin conditions.
Anyone with a BMI of 25 or higher is at risk of developing the following skin infections due to excess body fat and comorbid conditions, such as impaired circulation and type 2 diabetes:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Hidradenitis suppurativa
- Plantar hyperkeratosis
- Skin tags
- Stretch marks
For those unfamiliar with semaglutide, it is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist approved to treat type 2 diabetes when it hit the market in 2012. However, in 2021, the FDA approved semaglutide as a weight loss drug.
Manufactured by Novo Nordisk and sold under the brand name Wegovy and Ozempic, semaglutide is an injectable weight-loss medication that has proven proved effective in helping some people lose around roughly 15% of their body weight.
The drug works by enabling individuals to feel full faster and maintain that full feeling longer. This can lead them to eat less and lose weight.
By allowing individuals to lose weight, semaglutide may also be able to improve weight-related skin problems.
Semaglutide may be the answer you’re looking for to both lose weight and address skin conditions you’ve been struggling with related to weight.
If you’re interested in learning more about semaglutide and how it can affect your skin health, scheduling a consultation with Biltmore Dermatology is a great next step. Our team can answer any questions or concerns you may have.
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