001 the medication
The Kickstarter Jab is marketed under its brand name - Saxenda® It is manufactured by Novo Nordisk, a world leader in the treatment of diabetes. They are a Danish pharmaceutical company. Their medications are used extensively across the UK, including the NHS. The medication is CE marked and approved for use in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
It was approved as a treatment for diabetes in 2009 (marketed as Victoza) it has only recently been approved for weight loss. The FDA approved its use in the USA in December 2014, and the European Medicines Agency approved its use in Europe in January 2015. It became available in the U.K in 2017 as Saxenda.
002 how does it work?
The medication assists in weight loss by providing appetite suppression. It is a derivative of a metabolic hormone (GLP-1) that occurs naturally in the body and helps control blood sugar, insulin levels, and digestion.
This is achieved as the drug acts in a similar manner to GLP-1 which is automatically released when food is eaten and subsequently sends a signal to the brain that the stomach is full.
By mimicking this hormone the medication causes the signal to be sent in error and tricks the brain into suppressing the desire for food. This is, of course, is added to the drug’s ability to regulate blood glucose levels.
003 other names it is known as?
The weight loss medication is also known as Skinny Jab, Slim Jab, Skinni Jab, Slender Jab, Skinny Shot, Weightloss Without Surgery and SkinnyJab. You can read more about Yasmin, The K Plans founders experience with the weight loss injections in The Skinny Jab Diaries and how she eventually got them to work for her.
004 do I qualify?
To be eligible, you will have to meet the following criteria:-
- A BMI is greater than 30. Or a BMI of 27 & above and you have weight-related comorbidities such as dysglycaemia (prediabetes or type 2 diabetes mellitus), hypertension or dyslipidaemia.
- Be aged between 18 - 75 years old.
- You must have tried some type of diet plan or programme and have not been able to reach a healthy weight.
- Have no contraindications. By this, we mean that you don't fulfil any of the exclusion criteria.
Check here to see if you don't fulfil the exclusion criteria.