What's Ozempic, the controversial antidiabetic drug Jeremy Clarkson is using for weight loss? – Yahoo Lifestyle UK

Ozempic is causing quite a stir right now. The drug, usually prescribed as a type 2 diabetes medication, has also been touted as Hollywood’s “worst kept secret” for drastic weight loss.
The most recent champion of Ozempic is Jeremy Clarkson who has recently described his experience of using the drug in a bid to lose weight and help prevent type 2 diabetes.
In his latest column for The Sunday Times titled: “I’ve had a magic jab and my giant gut’s already shrinking” Clarkson, 62, wrote: “I can open the fridge, where there’s half a chicken and a juicy bottle of rosé, and I want neither.
“Of course, I’ll have to insert some balance in the future, or I’ll, you know, die. But for now it’s tremendous.”
The presenter said he was introduced to the injectable drug after learning that his friends were taking “a new Danish drug called Ozempic” to ward off diabetes and “when questioned they all raved about it”.
But experts have warned that there are some potentially nasty side effects to using the drug as an aid to weight loss, with Dr Amir appearing on Lorraine this morning to discuss the controversy and issue some advice.
What is Ozempic? Ozempic, Ryblesus and Wegovy are all brand names for a compound called semaglutide. The drug is typically used as a diabetes medication, can be prescribed in various doses and can be in the form of a weekly injection – administered in the stomach, thigh or arm – or a daily oral tablet.
The drug reportedly reduces appetite. “It is a once weekly injection and a hormone that our guts naturally produce,” explained Dr Amir Khan on ITV’s Lorraine show during a discussion about the drug. “It sends messages up to the pancreas to start producing insulin. But one of the side effects is it slows down the movement of food in the gut so you stay fuller for longer and you don’t have much of an appetite. That means you eat less which results in weight loss.”
The drug is rumoured to be secretly used by many Hollywood stars. On Sunday night at the Critics Choice Awards Chelsea Handler hinted that many celebrities were taking the injectable. “Like when celebrities joke they lost weight by drinking water, but really it’s because everyone’s on Ozempic,” she joked. “Even my housekeeper’s on Ozempic.”
Searches on social media also continuously link the Kardashians with the drug. But despite Kim Kardashian never confirming her use of Ozempic and her sister, Khloe, issuing a statement denying that she’d used it, it continues to clock up hashtags.
Some celebrities have openly admitted using the drug as a weight loss aid including Elon Musk, who told Twitter he’d tried it – alongside a similar drug, Wegovy. The Tesla founder said the once-weekly injectable was his secret weapon for being “down 30lbs”.
It’s causing quite the buzz online. Thanks to its reputation as the weight loss drug du jour, Ozempic is quickly clocking up views and shares on social media. On TikTok the hashtag #ozempic already has 414.1 million views and counting, while Instagram is littered with users sharing their “Ozempic journey” to weight loss.
The drug was hailed a potential ‘game changer’ during an official UK study. It first started causing a buzz in the UK as a weight management tool after a University College London study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, found just over a third (35%) of people who took it for obesity lost more than a fifth of their total body weight.
Professor Rachel Batterham, obesity theme director at the UCLH Centre for Weight Management and the Centre for Obesity Research at UCL said: “The findings of this study represent a major breakthrough for improving the health of people with obesity. Three quarters (75%) of people who received semaglutide 2.4mg lost more than 10% of their body weight and more than one-third lost more than 20%.
“No other drug has come close to producing this level of weight loss – this really is a game changer. For the first time, people can achieve through drugs what was only possible through weight loss surgery.”
Ozempic does come with risks. Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine show, Dr Amir Khan outlined some of the potential side effects. “Of course with any drug, any medication, and this is medication, there are side effects,” he said. “The common ones are nausea, vomiting, feeling bloated, diarrhoea, but in some, more serious, cases it can cause inflammation of the pancreas, that’s pancreatitis.”
Dr Khan went on to say it can also cause gall bladder problems. “It can even cause kidney failure,” he added, “so really it should only be available on prescription. I do prescribe it to my patients living with type 2 diabetes, but it’s very carefully monitored. It is not just given online.”
The drug continues to spark controversy. While the drug is only available on the NHS as a treatment for type 2 diabetes and as a prescribed obesity treatment, it is available to buy online. But doctors have concerns about the risks of those using it not being carefully monitored by a medical professional.
It is also believed that the increase in interest surrounding the drug as a weight loss aid is thought to have caused a shortage for those needing the medication for diabetes.
Clarkson’s celebration of the drug has sparked a debate on social media. Some have criticised the presenter for using the medication as a weight loss method.
“For all those diabetics struggling to find one of the medicines keeping you alive, here’s why: people like Jeremy Clarkson are buying it up to lose weight,” one user tweeted.
Others pointed out that the drug does not currently have FDA approval for weight loss.
“It does not have approval as a weight loss drug and FDA approval only for treating type 2 diabetes – not ‘warding it off’,” another user wrote.
Doctors say weight loss medications aren’t a magic cure. The NHS advises speaking to your GP for advice about losing weight safely “by eating a healthy, balanced diet and doing regular physical activity”.
They can also let you know about other useful services, such as:
local weight loss groups – either provided by your local authority, the NHS or commercial services you have to pay for
exercise on prescription – where you’re referred to a local active health team for a number of sessions under the supervision of a qualified trainer
‘I’m deeply concerned but I can’t change any of your minds because fatphobia has our generation in a chokehold,’ actress says
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star also shot down claims her slimmed-down physique was due to plastic surgery
Cheryl follows Lily Allen and Laura Whitmore in starring in the supernatural thriller
Six people have been arrested by police as an occupation of four Glasgow tower blocks began.
Britishvolt, the UK battery startup, has gone into administration after last-minute talks with investors collapsed. It aspired to build a new £3.8bn battery factory in the Port of Blyth in the north-east of England. Indeed a year ago, then-prime minister Boris Johnson hailed the construction of the plant, which was set to create 3,000 new jobs, as “a strong testament to the skilled workers of the North East and the UK’s place at the helm of the global green industrial revolution.”
The Leader of the House of Commons called for greater collective responsibility in a speech to the Institute for Government’s conference.
The rate of Consumer Prices Index inflation fell to 10.5% in December from 10.7% in November, the Office for National Statistics has said. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt says: “What these figures show is that there is still a long way to go in the battle against inflation.”.
Cardi B has been granted an extension to complete her court-ordered community service sentence for attacking two strip club employees. Back in September, the 30-year-old accepted a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault and one count of second-degree reckless endangerment in exchange for 15 days of community service. She was given a deadline of 17 January to complete her sentence, however, on Tuesday, she appeared in a court in Queens, New York to ask for a
Royal wives Sophie Wessex, Princess Kate and Sarah Ferguson have more in common than marrying into the royal family – they all share a rather creative hobby, and have been spotted partaking in the passion in public on several occasions. The Princess of Wales, the Duchess of York and the Countess of Wessex are all fans of photography, with the royal family even using Sophie's photos and videos on their official Twitter account, demonstrating her skills have the royal seal of approval. WATCH: Prin
Tammy Rose Bringloe, 34, has cold urticaria – an ‘allergy to the cold’ – and people have made fun of her condition throughout her life.
Aspiring author Susan Meachen shared a Facebook post announcing she’s alive this week. She allegedly died in 2020. <strong>Meredith Clark </strong>reports
Amanda Seyfried is a doting mom to her two children, and often keeps them out of the spotlight, but she couldn't resist sharing an insight into her daughter's talent during the week. Like many children, Nina, five, has started exploring her musical side, but instead of opting for the drums or the clarinet she decided to enchant her family with a very different instrument, and you can see how she got on in the video below! WATCH: Amanda Seyfried reveals daughter's unusual talent Although we're su
From pandemic poems to homages to Emily Dickinson, the American poet’s new work is intimate and heart-stirring
And Just Like That season two has revealed a first look at the reunion between Sex and the City's Carrie and Aidan.
Kate Hudson knows how to turn out a glamorous look and on Wednesday the Glass Onion star dazzled in a selection of photos on social media dripping in jewels. Taking to her Instagram account, the Hollywood actress, 43, was captured putting in a pair of pearl Bulgari earrings in the mirror whilst wearing a halterneck ensemble in the same sparkling silver shade. WATCH: Kate Hudson's new family video has fans asking the same thing Her blonde dresses were styled down and as for makeup, Kate opted for
After the huge success of F1: Drive to Survive and The Last Dance, Netflix has a brand new sports documentary that fans are loving. Break Point, which landed on the streaming platform earlier this week, has gripped viewers with its incredibly tense footage and stories from behind the scenes of one of the world's most competitive single-player sports. But after many have stormed through the five available episodes, fans are naturally demanding more. So is there more to come? Here's what we know…
Lisa Marie Presley's fans were devastated to hear that she had passed away aged 54 on 12 January 2023. Her mother Priscilla Presley confirmed the news to People, adding she was the "most passionate strong and loving woman I have ever known." Throughout her life, Elvis Presley's daughter had a number of high-profile marriages and divorces, during which time she welcomed her daughter Riley, her late son Benjamin, and twins Harper and Finley. WATCH: The life of rock n' roll singer Elvis Presley's d
Christina Applegate has responded to a troll who posted negative comments about her appearance. The 51-year-old, who is battling multiple sclerosis (MS), revealed she reached out on social media to someone who commented on a recent People article about her and her daughter Sadie Grace LeNoble, 11, at the Critics Choice Awards. Applegate was shocked at the message she received in return. "Sooooo I made the unfortunate decision to look at some comments on an article from people mag about me and my
Strictly Come Dancing's head judge Shirley Ballas has revealed to HELLO! magazine the secrets of her sensational transformation. The 62-year-old tells HELLO! that she is happier than ever with her appearance. "This is the best I’ve looked in years," she says. "Every woman in her 60s wants to feel confident, and I have to say at age 62, I now feel by far the best I’ve ever felt." With her trademark honesty, Shirley tells how her age-defying looks aren’t just the result of her healthy lifestyle. I
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have welcomed a new baby together, John has revealed.


Leave a Comment