‘Ozempic’ might be the word of 2023—and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t fascinated by the craze. What even is it? How does it work? Who is eligible? Is it safe? We had a million questions that medical weight loss expert, Dr. Thais Aliabadi answered, and then some. She’s a board-certified physician who specializes in obstetrics, gynecology, infertility, and has recently launched Trimly, a personalized medical weight loss treatment plan. By the way, we can’t say who, but she has delivered some of the most famous babies in Hollywood—but more on that later. The Ozempic craze goes far beyond just losing weight, say, a few extra pounds. There are real underlying issues that women need to address to get to the root cause of their uncontrollable weight gain (most namely: PCOS, menopause, diabetes). This episode is wildly informative so buckle up, get your pen out and get ready to take some hefty notes.
“I am very passionate about what I do and women’s health. I didn’t start Trimly because of weight loss, but because of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which is an insulin resistance condition that affects a large percentage of women globally. Due to having an insulin resistance, my PCOS patients have a harder time losing weight. I can literally walk on the street and pick out PCOS patients who have no idea they are battling this silent epidemic. PCOS patients tend to be overweight, have body hair, and acne. A lot of women are overweight and have the symptoms of PCOS, but they never get diagnosed, so it’s really frustrating for them. The first thing these women tell me when I diagnose them is that they feel validated because now they know why all of these years they couldn’t lose weight.”
“I think my PCOS patients deserve Ozempic just as much as patients with diabetes. There is so much judgment and lack of knowledge surrounding this medication, even from professionals, but I happily prescribe it to my patients. This medication is intended for the people who actually need it, and I do think they should be reserved for obese and overweight patients, but not necessarily just diabetics. It has been such a game-changer for my PCOS patients since it is extremely difficult for them to lose weight. A side effect of Ozempic, other than regulating your insulin, is that it shuts down your appetite and takes cravings away. This medication changes my patients’ lives.”
“In this country, we wait until everyone is sick, diagnosed with diabetes, and needs insulin, cholesterol, and other medications. Why not drop their weight before they get to that point? People who do not necessarily need this medication can use it for one-to-two months and there are no long-term side effects. If you have active cancer or if medullary thyroid cancer runs in the family, then you are not qualified to use these medications. If you don’t have any of these risk factors, then this medication is absolutely safe to use.”