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This photo combo provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows an authentic Ozempic needle (left) and a counterfeit needle (right). The FDA said it has seized "thousands of units" of counterfeit Ozempic, the diabetes drug widely used for weight loss, that had been distributed through legitimate drug supply sources. FDA via AP hide caption

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Oprah Winfrey says being able to use medication to manage her weight has been a relief. Steve Jennings/Getty Images hide caption

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Oprah and WeightWatchers are now embracing weight loss drugs. Here's why

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Another Ozempic side effect? Facing the holidays with no appetite

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A fiber found in barley, called beta-glucan, may improve insulin sensitivity, lower blood pressure and increase satiation between meals, research shows. LauriPatterson/Getty Images hide caption

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Less snacking, more satisfaction: Some foods boost levels of an Ozempic-like hormone

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I try to be a body-positive doctor. It's getting harder in the age of Ozempic

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Ozempic, approved by the Food and Drug Administration for Type 2 diabetes, is racking up blockbuster sales because many people are taking it to lose weight. As more people try it, reports to the FDA about possible side effects are rising. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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As Ozempic use grows, so do reports of possible mental health side effects

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Some people who take Ozempic and Wegovy report it tamps down their cravings for alcohol, and they're drinking less. lucentius/Getty Images hide caption

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Ozempic seems to curb cravings for alcohol. Here's what scientists think is going on

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Roland Martin at the Essence Festival in New Orleans last month. The former CNN commentator moderated a panel on weight loss drugs. Arturo Holmes/Getty Images FOR ESSENCE hide caption

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ShantaQuilette Develle Carter-Williams, 44, was prescribed Ozempic after a stroke put her life in danger. The drug worked wonders — until she couldn't get it. Cormeshia Batty hide caption

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'You forget to eat': How Ozempic went from diabetes medicine to blockbuster diet drug

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Wegovy has been called "a major breakthrough" given how well it works to reduce body weight. But the injection drug is extremely expensive and when people can't afford to stay on it, they experience rebound weight gain that's hard to stop. Katherine Streeter for NPR hide caption

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Wegovy works. But here's what happens if you can't afford to keep taking the drug

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