Ozempic and Mounjaro are used to treat type 2 diabetes. It is also used by celebrities and influencers who want to suppress their appetite.
SAN ANTONIO — Weight loss has been blamed for diabetes drug shortages.
However, this drug also reduces appetite. It is now a popular way for celebrities and social his media influencers to lose weight quickly.
“It’s a diabetes drug, but it’s not insulin,” says Dr. Stephen Ramirez. Stone Oak Family Practice“It lowers your blood sugar, but there is a safety net that keeps your patient’s blood sugar from dropping too low.” This medicine always makes me feel full.”
Since obesity can lead to diabetes, the drug is helping improve the overall health of at-risk patients, Dr. Ramirez said.
“Instead of getting two, you get one enchilada and you might not eat it all,” says Stacey York, a patient at Stone Oak Family Practice. “I’ve lost 40 pounds since I started.” [Ozempic]”
The quick results are fueling the frenzy. Elon Musk recently tweeted the result, “30 lbs less!”
Rumors that the Kardashian family used it also piqued interest. #Ozempic It has been played over 300 million times on TikTok.
“The demand for Ozempic and Mounjaro has been much higher than companies thought,” Dr. Rameriz said. “At one point, patients were waiting at least three months to receive their first drug, if they were paying cash.”
It’s not a cheap weight loss method either. According to Dr. Ramirez, his monthly supply of Mounjaro costs about $1,200. Ozempic charges about $875 per month.
“I am amazed every day how celebrities affect the health of my patients,” Dr. Ramirez said.
Diabetes rates in Texas are above the national average.a 2021 Study by the American Diabetes Association It shows that 12% of the population, or approximately 1 in 10 Texans, is diagnosed with diabetes.
Dr. Ramirez hopes that supplies of the drug will soon catch up with demand.