Despite social media buzz, Ozempic is not a quick-fix weight loss solution, doctors say – CBC

‘Nobody should think that they’re using this for short term and going to stop it’

Mar 08, 2023

Kerry Toneguzzi has tried everything to lose weight.

From low-calorie and liquid diets to Weight Watchers, nothing worked. In 2007, she had bariatric surgery and lost 100 pounds — only to gain it all back.

When she was diagnosed with diabetes in the fall of 2020, her doctor suggested she try Ozempic — a drug approved in Canada to treat diabetes, with a frequent side effect of weight loss.

“In the beginning, I didn’t think it would ever work for me because nothing really had worked for me,” Toneguzzi, 55, said.

But it did. The Ottawa-area insurance underwriter lost 115 pounds over about two years. What she finds even more remarkable is that she hasn’t gained any of it back.

“For me to maintain my weight for a year, it’s a win,” she said. “This drug has given me a second chance at life.”

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