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Hollywood's Latest Diet Craze? Ozempic, the Insulin Drug With Vanishing--Literally--Side Effects

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DEC 2022/JAN 2023 Issue
Hollywood’s Latest Diet Craze? Ozempic, the Insulin Drug With Vanishing—Literally—Side Effects
Originally marketed for diabetics, Ozempic has become an It Drug in Tinseltown, even at $1,500 a pop.
By Emily Jane Fox
December 1, 2022


Under a rehearsal piano in a studio on the MGM lot in Hollywood in 1952, Debbie Reynolds crumbled. She was in the middle of preparing for Singing in the Rain, which would be her first leading role for the studio, alongside Gene Kelly, and the first time she’d have to dance, really. She was 19 years old, had three teachers, and was spinning around eight hours a day. It hurt everywhere, she wrote in her autobiography 60 years later, “most of all my brain and my feet.” She lay there, under that piano, until Fred Astaire materialized to coax her back up. She wasn’t going to die, he told her. If you’re not sweating, you’re not doing it right. So she shot “Good Morning” from eight in the morning till eleven o’clock that night. When it was over, she collapsed. For days, she didn’t get out of bed at her doctor’s behest. The studio had its own MD, who wanted to administer what they called a “vitamin shot”—amphetamines. Possibly, the same ones, Reynolds wrote, that “ruined Judy Garland.”

Since its inception, Hollywood has been the land where unrealistic beauty standards collide with financial pressure that hinges on its stars keeping thin, energetic, and always ready to make more hits. And there’s always been a quick fix or two. Since Reynolds’s era, the nature of the fixes have evolved from “vitamin shots” and “pep pills” to phen-fen to Adderall to clenbuterol—a medication used to treat breathing problems in horses. That’s to say nothing of the extra-medicinal aesthetic boosts by way of CoolSculpting, injectables, and Brazilian butt lifts, which suck pockets of fat from one part of a body and insert them into another, in order to create a generation of Instagram-age Jessica Rabbits.

It should have been no mystery, then, that when the people of Hollywood started dropping dozens of pounds in a matter of weeks, it wasn’t that everyone had suddenly started practicing moderation and logging 10,000 steps. It seemed like overnight everyone knew someone who was injecting semaglutide, whose brand name is Ozempic. The insulin regulator, developed by the Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk in 2012, won FDA approval to treat type 2 diabetes five years later. It works by stimulating insulin release, which helps lower blood sugar levels and slow down food leaving the stomach, in turn making Ozempic users feel satiated for longer periods of time. When doctors noticed that patients using Ozempic were losing weight as a side effect of the drug, Novo Nordisk saw opportunity, conducting clinical trials on obese and overweight individuals to find that its drug did, in fact, lead to weight loss of about 15 percent of body mass in a few weeks or months. Soon the manufacturer started marketing a higher-dose semaglutide, called Wegovy, to treat obesity. Injections, which, mostly, people give themselves once per week, usually take six to eight weeks to cause significant weight loss.

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There has been no long-term study of the drug for people without blood sugar diseases taking the medication. And less of a guide for those tired of feeling tired or nauseous or injecting themselves or paying thousands of dollars a year to poke themselves with a drug people don’t know much about other than it seems to work. Because the drug is relatively new, it is unclear what the long-term effects could be, particularly if someone is not diabetic. How long can someone using it off-label stay on it? As Bravo’s Andy Cohen tweeted earlier this fall, “Everyone is suddenly showing up 25 pounds lighter. What happens when they stop taking#Ozempic ????”

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YoshidaYui Dec 5 #2
aggiesal Dec 5 #5
AllaN01Bear Dec 5 #3
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Dec 5, 2022, 01:41 PM

1. So many actors are incredibly thin. It's like women need to have bones sticking

out of their shoulder area in order to be camera ready.

I actually loved that when Will And Grace came back Debra Messing was actually a normal weight for her age.

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Mon Dec 5, 2022, 03:06 PM

2. I fucking hate that song!

When the commercial comes on I throw off the channel. I can’t stand that song. Fucking ear worm.

Holds my ears

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Response to YoshidaYui (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 5, 2022, 03:27 PM

5. Here is the real song. It was very popular song ...

It reached #5 in Billboards Top 100 Weekly in 1975

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Dec 5, 2022, 03:11 PM

3. and yet ppl like me cant afford it as it is aimed at the upper elite for this .

type 2 diabetic.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 5, 2022, 03:18 PM

4. I guess I'm lucky...

I'm about to start taking it for Type Two, and I haven't gotten any complaints from my insurance (Tricare).

Now I'm worried, though, that my co pay is going to be ridiculous…

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Dec 5, 2022, 03:40 PM

6. Southern California can be toxic

because there's pressure on every woman under 50 (and most over 50) to try to conform to the unhealthy standard. I know that from family there, which is one reason I got as far as NM and stopped when I finally left Boston. It never mattered whether I was thin or fat in Boston, it was always obscured by rolls of down outerwear. NM doesn't give a rip, either.

I would be very leery of this drug as a weight loss panacea. Like others, it might have some devastating rebound effects resulting in roller coaster insulin production and rapid weight gain once it is stopped. This sort of thing isn't generally known until a drug is approved for the general population. That's when the deficits show up, the things the original studies weren't set up to evaluate.

Most weight loss programs, whether diet and exercise, weight loss surgery, or an endless treadmill of fad dieting, do not work long term, the majority gaining most of the weight back within 5 years of achieving their goal weight.

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