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Impact of the Ozempic Shortage

At Texas Diabetes & Endocrinology, we treat people who have Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes. Our entire team is up to date with the latest treatment options available including nutrition, lifestyle, and other alternatives in addition to conventional treatments.

There is growing concern in the health care community about the continued misuse of the diabetes drug Ozempic and resulting shortage.

The drug Semaglutide (brand name Ozempic) was introduced in the market in 2017. It is one of the first line medications to treat patients with Type 2 diabetes. Ozempic slows down the absorption of food, causes the body to produce insulin and suppresses appetite. As a result, weight loss is common when taking the drug. However, the FDA has not approved it for this use. Furthermore, when patients get off the medication, weight is often regained because there has been no change in lifestyle habits such as diet or exercise and reversal of above stated mechanisms occur.

Over the last year, Ozempic has gained a lot of popularity because of its effect on weight loss, which has led to it’s misuse for short term gains. 

Obesity is a chronic disease and hence a medication used to treat it should always be considered for the long term and as an adjunct to lifestyle interventions of modified diet and exercise. Semaglutide was approved under the brand name of Wegovy for patients with clinical obesity, however, the dose strength and titrations are different from Ozempic and most importantly, patients regain weight when they stop the medication. 

There are also several negative side effects of these medications which need to be considered which include: 

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Inflammation of the pancreas (especially if mixed with alcohol or if someone has high triglyceride levels)
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Some association with thyroid cancer in animal studies

We have continued our efforts in working with our patients to get them their Ozempic prescriptions, but many a times patients have had to reduce their dose or even go without if they can’t find it.  Ozempic also comes in different doses and should be taken only with the guidance of a medical care provider.

Watch Dr. Kajal Shah discuss the Ozempic shortage on KVUE News Austin.

Personalized Diabetes Treatment

Our team of board certified endocrinologists and certified diabetes care and education specialists are dedicated to making diabetes easier to manage on a day to day basis. We offer a full range of diabetes services including:

  • NextStepMD weight management program
  • Insulin pumps
  • Continuous glucose monitoring
  • Participation in clinical research trials for diabetes treatment

If you’d like to learn more about our full range of diabetes services, please call Texas Diabetes and Endocrinology at (512) 458-8400 or request an appointment online

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Welcome Dr. Kajal Shah

Texas Diabetes and Endocrinology is thrilled to welcome Dr. Kajal Shah to our team of experts in endocrinology. Dr. Shah’s major areas of interests are thyroid and adrenal gland pathology. 

Born and raised in India, she went to Medical College, Baroda and then moved to the United States for her residency. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Northwell Health in New York, where she was in the brunt of COVID-19 pandemic and responsible for independently managing several critical patients. During her training, Dr. Shah became interested in endocrinology and moved to Long Island, New York to complete her endocrinology fellowship at SUNY Stony Brook University. 

“The best part about endocrinology is being able to maintain long term relationships with patients and helping not just the patient, but sometimes their entire family with small lifestyle changes,” Dr. Shah says. “It is a constantly evolving field that requires analytical thinking and decision making, which is quite evidence-based.”

When describing why she joined Texas Diabetes and Endocrinology, Dr. Shah says she was impressed by the like-minded doctors and staff and felt she would fit right in. 

“Texas Diabetes is a large group practice with ample opportunities for robust clinical experience, clinical trial-based research and leadership,” explains Dr. Shah.

Dr. Shah is a member of the Endocrine Society, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the American College of Physicians. Outside of work, Dr. Shah enjoys traveling, swimming, and cooking. She moved to Austin to be closer to her family and is excited to explore the greater Austin area!

To make an appointment with Dr. Shah, please call Texas Diabetes and Endocrinology at (512) 458-8400 or request an appointment online.

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Introducing Dr. Ishita Prakash Patel

Texas Diabetes and Endocrinology is excited to welcome Dr. Ishita Prakash Patel to our team of experts in endocrinology.

Dr. Patel specializes in the treatment of diabetes (type 1 and 2) and metabolic thyroid diseases. She also enjoys treating cases of most other general endocrinopathies, such as osteoporosis, hyperparathyroidism, PCOS, pituitary and adrenal pathology. Dr. Patel is passionate about her work because of the link to other organ systems. “I feel that when addressing much of endocrine pathology, I am able to strive to improve overall health – rather than just one specific problem,” Dr. Patel explains.

Dr. Patel was born and raised in the Philadelphia area and still has family in the Philadelphia/NYC region. She completed her undergraduate degree at Pennsylvania State University before spending a year in Washington, D.C. teaching enrichment programs for children and adults through work at AmeriCorps. The following year, she came back to Philadelphia to attend Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel completed both her Internal Medicine training and Endocrinology fellowship at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC.

When asked why she chose to join Texas Diabetes and Endocrinology, Dr. Patel said “for its excellent reputation in the community, and my interest in joining a group with physician leadership. I am excited to move to [the] Austin metro area and be able participate in its rapidly growing, diverse culture. It feels to me like the melting pot of the South.”

Outside of the office, Dr. Patel enjoys traveling, music, dance, cooking and trying new foods.  She also has two young and energetic children, who keep life exciting and busy! 

To make an appointment with Dr. Patel, please call Texas Diabetes and Endocrinology at (512) 458-8400 or request an appointment online.

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Welcome Dr. Srujana Yada

Texas Diabetes and Endocrinology is pleased to welcome Dr. Srujana Yada to our team of experts in endocrinology.

Dr. Yada has special interest in transgender medicine hormone therapy, adrenal care and thyroid cancer. 

Born and raised in India, Dr. Yada attended medical school at Osmania Medical College from 2008-2014. She moved to Austin after marriage and later to New Jersey for her residency before completing her fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. 

When asked about coming back to Austin after training, Dr. Yada said, “Austin is like home in [the] USA, Texas Diabetes and Endocrinology is a warm group to work with and I look forward to building relationships with patients.” 

Dr. Yada is a member of the Endocrine Society and American Association of Clinical Endocrinology. 

Outside of medicine, she loves spending time with her husband and two children outdoors, watching movies, cooking, and traveling. 

To make an appointment with Dr. Yada at our Round Rock location, please call Texas Diabetes and Endocrinology at (512) 458-8400 or request an appointment online.

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