Diabetes drugs have become Hollywood’s expensive new SlimFast diet.
Elon Musk, who has publicly proclaimed he doesn’t like working out after the billionaire’s father criticized his poor eating habits, is the latest celebrity to admit to using Wegovy, an injection used for chronic weight management in adults with obesity and Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
When asked “What’s your secret?” on Twitter Tuesday by a fan who complimented his newly minted fit and “ripped” figure, Musk responded: “Fasting” and “Wegovy.”
Musk is the latest to use Wegovy, a high dose of the popular diabetes drug semaglutide, which has gone viral on TikTok with influencers touting the myriad weight loss benefits. And a slew of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, have been speculated to be using the drugs for weight loss, one user noted on TikTok when discussing the reality star’s 20 pound slim-down.
“How did Kim K lose so much weight so fast? Is she on Wegovy/Ozempic/Mounjaro?” TikToker @peoples_pharmacy posted in a video speculating about Kardashian’s significant weight loss and pulling up Musk’s recent tweet about Wegovy.
Ozempic is comprised of a compound, semaglutide, meant for individuals with Type 2 diabetes and used for long-term weight management. However, it’s being used by more people seeking to lose five to 10 pounds fast. Patients using Wegovy have been shown to reduce body weight by 15%.
The drug, however, can be pricey because it is not covered by insurance and can cost upwards of $1,300 per month. Ozempic was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration at the lower dosage of 1 milligram, however, the 2.4 milligram dose has showed more promising results.