Kelly Clarkson denies taking diabetes drug to lose weight

Kelly Clarkson denies taking diabetes drug to lose weight

Kelly Clarkson is setting the record straight about her weight loss journey...

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Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson is coming clean about her drastic weight loss. 

The 42-year-old lost "a lot" of weight recently, leading many to accuse her of taking a popular diabetes drug meant for people with type 2 diabetes. 

The drug, which contains an active ingredient known as semaglutide, gained popularity in recent years after it was discovered that many celebrities were taking it to shed the pounds. 

Semaglutide has been approved for use in certain diabetes and weight loss drugs. It is a prescription drug and is not available over the counter. Many people have reportedly been using the diabetes version of the drug, which contains a lower dose of semaglutide, off-label.

"My anti-aging doctor just hands it out to anybody, and obviously now I can't say her name. I didn't even know I was on it. She said, 'If you ever want to drop five pounds, this is good'," comedian Chelsea Handler revealed in a 2023 interview. 

Speaking to Whoopi Goldberg on 'The Kelly Clarkson Show', Kelly confirmed that she does not use the popular diabetes drug everyone is talking about. She did, however, admit to using a prescription drug for weight loss. 

"Mine is a different one than people assume, but I ended up having to do that too because my bloodwork got so bad," People magazine quoted Kelly as saying on the show.

The 'Stronger' singer added: "My doctor chased me for two years, and I was like, 'No, I'm afraid of it. I already have thyroid problems. Everybody thinks it's Ozempic, but it's not. It's something else."

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Kelly told Whoopi that she uses "something that aids in helping break down the sugar". 

It's unclear how much weight the singer has lost in the past year, but she weighed 203 lbs. (92kg) at her heaviest, which is a lot for her height. 

Whoopi, who is 68, has also lost a lot of weight. She joked that she "lost almost two people."

"I am doing that wonderful shot that works for folks who need some help, and it's been really good for me," she told Kelly. 

Oprah Winfrey has also admitted to using weight loss drugs, but like Kelly, did not reveal which brand she used.

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The Carol Ofori Podcast recently chatted to Dr Sundeep Ruder about weight management and weight loss medications.

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Learn more FAQs on semaglutide on the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) website.

Disclaimer: Health-related information provided in this article is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems. It is always advisable to consult with your doctor on any health-related issues.


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