What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide is the latest weight-loss medication gaining acclaim from Hollywood celebrities and the general public alike. Originally created to help people with diabetes regulate insulin levels, the injectable is now one of the foremost weight management medications available, thanks to its FDA approval in 2021. 

The hormone GLP-1 plays a key role in metabolic function. And as one of the latest advancements in medicine, semaglutide works by mimicking this important hormone. This helps to regulate blood sugar levels and can also lead to weight loss.

At Asandra MD in Beverly Hills, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve optimal health and wellness. If you are interested in learning more about semaglutide as part of a weight-management program, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopher Asandra, Beverly Hills’ most recognized anti-aging and vitality physician. You can call us at (424) 542-8881 or visit our website to book an appointment.

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About Semaglutide

Semaglutide is a medication that has been recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of obesity. It works by mimicking the effects of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), a hormone that plays a role in regulating the following:

  • Appetite
  • Pancreatic Function
  • Insulin Secretion
  • Glucose Metabolism

The drug stimulates the secretion of satiety hormones in the gastrointestinal tract, reducing hunger and promoting feelings of fullness. This, in turn, leads to a decrease in caloric intake and helps with weight loss.

What Do the Studies Say?

Clinical trials and randomized controlled studies have shown that semaglutide is effective in improving glycemic control, reducing body weight, and decreasing cardiovascular disease. (1)(2) The long-term safety of the medication has also been evaluated in clinical trials, and adverse effects have been rare.


  • Effective weight loss: Semaglutide has been shown to help individuals lose significant amounts of weight when combined with a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
  • Reduced risk of chronic diseases: Obesity is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. By achieving and maintaining a healthy weight with semaglutide, patients can reduce their risk of developing these conditions.
  • Improved quality of life: Losing weight can boost self-esteem, energy levels, and overall well-being, leading to an improved quality of life.
  • Convenience: Semaglutide is administered once weekly via injection, making it a convenient option for patients who may struggle with daily medication adherence.
  • Professional guidance: Dr. Asandra and his team provide personalized guidance and support to ensure patients achieve the best possible results with Semaglutide.
  • Safety: Semaglutide has been extensively tested and is safe for most patients. However, it is important to discuss any medical history or medications with Dr. Asandra before starting treatment.


Ideal candidates for semaglutide are individuals who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or who struggle with obesity. It is important to note that this medication should not be used as a substitute for healthy lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise.

Semaglutide is listed under pregnancy category C, which means that it may be harmful to an unborn baby. It is not recommended for use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Patients taking sulfonylureas, insulin, beta-blockers, diuretics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, statins, antidepressants, antipsychotics, or benzodiazepines should exercise caution when taking semaglutide as it may interact with these medications.

Personal Consultation

At Asandra MD, we believe in educating our patients about the latest advancements in medicine. To determine if semaglutide is right for you, it is important to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Asandra at our state-of-the-art facility in Beverly Hills. During this consultation, Dr. Asandra will review your medical history, perform a physical examination, and discuss your lifestyle to determine if semaglutide could be an effective treatment option for you.

Can I Use Semaglutide Alone to Lose Weight?

It is important to note that semaglutide is not a “magic treatment” for weight loss or diabetes management. It is most effective when used in conjunction with healthy eating habits and regular exercise. Dr. Asandra will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that includes lifestyle changes and medication management, if appropriate.

If you are interested in learning more about semaglutide and how it can improve your health, we encourage you to contact our office in Beverly Hills today at (424) 542-8881 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Asandra.


Before considering taking semaglutide, it is important to consult with a licensed healthcare professional such as Dr. Asandra. He can provide you with information on whether this medication is right for you and create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing for a consultation:

  • Compile a list of current medications, allergies, and medical history to share with Dr. Asandra during your consultation.
  • Be prepared to discuss your weight management goals and any previous attempts at weight loss.
  • Understand the potential side effects and risks associated with semaglutide and ask any questions you may have.
  • Follow any instructions provided by Dr. Asandra leading up to the consultation, such as fasting requirements or stopping certain medications.
  • Consider bringing a friend or family member with you to the consultation for support and to help you remember important details discussed.


Semaglutide is an injectable medication that can help control blood sugar levels and promote weight loss. During treatment, patients will receive weekly injections of semaglutide and will need to follow a healthy diet and exercise program. Mild side effects may occur, such as nausea or diarrhea, but these typically subside within the first few weeks of treatment. As with any medication, it is important to discuss any potential risks or concerns with Dr. Asandra. The most common side effect is hypoglycemia, which can be managed by adjusting the dosage or timing of injections. 

At Asandra MD, we offer comprehensive care and personalized treatment plans for patients taking semaglutide as part of a weight management program. We can help you get to your ideal weight with a personalized treatment plan designed around your individual needs.


Clinical evidence shows that taking semaglutide results in sustained, clinically relevant body weight reduction. (3) Most patients can see significant results in as little as 16 weeks. Results from semaglutide treatment vary depending on individual factors such as starting weight, lifestyle habits, and adherence to the treatment plan. However, many patients have reported noticeable improvements in their weight, energy levels, and overall health in just a few months. As with any weight loss program, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle after completing Semaglutide treatment to ensure long-term success.

If you are interested in learning more about Semaglutide or other medical weight loss options, schedule a consultation with me at Asandra MD. Together, we can create a personalized plan to help you achieve your weight loss goals and improve your overall health.

Cost of Semaglutide in Beverly Hills

At Asandra MD, we calculate the cost of your treatment once we have established what is required at your personal consultation. 

See what semaglutide can achieve for you. To learn more about its potential benefits for your health, give us a call at (424) 542-8881 or visit our website to schedule a consultation with Dr. Asandra at our Beverly Hills location.

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Who is a good candidate for semaglutide?

Semaglutide is typically recommended for individuals with type 2 diabetes who need better glycemic control, as well as those with obesity or overweight with at least one weight-related condition. However, only your healthcare provider can determine if Semaglutide is right for you based on your individual health history and current medications.

How long do I need to take semaglutide?

Semaglutide is a long-term medication that must be taken continuously to maintain its effectiveness. Your healthcare provider will monitor your progress and may adjust your dosage over time.

Is semaglutide covered by insurance?

The coverage of Semaglutide varies depending on your insurance provider and plan. However, many insurance plans cover Semaglutide for both diabetes treatment and weight management. Be sure to check with your insurance company to determine your coverage options.

Can semaglutide be used in combination with other medications?

Yes, Semaglutide can be used in combination with other medications for diabetes management. However, it is important to discuss all of your medications and health history with your healthcare provider before starting Semaglutide or any new medication.


  1. Okamoto A, Yokokawa H, Nagamine T, Fukuda H, Hisaoka T, Naito T. Efficacy and safety of semaglutide in glycemic control, body weight management, lipid profiles and other biomarkers among obese type 2 diabetes patients initiated or switched to semaglutide from other GLP-1 receptor agonists. Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders. Published online September 25, 2021. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s40200-021-00899-9 
  2. Kosiborod MN, Bhatta M, Davies M, et al. Semaglutide improves cardiometabolic risk factors in adults with overweight or obesity: STEP 1 and 4 exploratory analyses. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. Published online October 28, 2022. doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/dom.14890 
  3. Wilding JPH, Batterham RL, Calanna S, et al. Once-Weekly Semaglutide in Adults with Overweight or Obesity. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2021;384(11). doi:https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa2032183 
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