March 3, 2023 | 11:54
Cuban Barbie claims she hasn’t jumped on the Ozempic bandwagon.
Alexia Nepola denies to Page Six exclusively that she and Marysol Patton were taking the infamous type II diabetes drug — now in vain used by celebrities for weight loss purposes — when they received a mystery doctor’s office on Season 5 of “The Real Housewives of Miami.”
“Wait, are these doctors giving Marysol and Alexia the drug Ozempic, meant for diabetes, to lose weight… on camera? #rhom,” one fan tweeted when the episode premiered in early February.
Another added at the time, “Not Marysol and Alexia doing ozempic on tv lmao #RHOM.”
Nepola, 55, tells Page Six that she and her BFF, 66, took B-12 shots during that scene and not the controversial weight-loss drug that has taken Hollywood by storm.
“It’s for energy, and it has, like, other nutrients,” the reality star explains as she gives us an exclusive tour of her opulent Miami penthouse and kitchen.
“The doctor had given it to Marysol because she was feeling weak and lethargic, and (it) might have to do something with her diet, but B-12 always contributes to someone’s health.”
But on stage the doctor described the injection as a “fat-burning shot” and Patton said they were required to take it “once a week” for maintenance.
However, Nepola adds that she is “scared” of having the blood drawn during a regular doctor’s visit because she does not like needles. That’s why the Bravolebrity stays in shape the old-fashioned way: by monitoring her portion control.
“I’ve always had everything in my house,” says Nepola. “It’s all about portion control. You’re not going to eat the whole bag of chips, but you have to know how to eat, say, a few bites, and that’s it.”
The mother of two concludes: “I believe everything in moderation. I don’t like knowing I can’t eat anything.”
Although Nepola has not gone to drastic measures to maintain her figure, several other “housewives” have come under scrutiny for allegedly using the diabetes medication to lose weight.
“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kyle Richards has repeatedly shut down allegations — including from fellow Bravolebrity Melissa Gorga — about whether her newly slim figure is due to Ozempic.
“I’ve never tried ozempic and this is not from plastic surgery,” the “Halloween” star, 54, commented on Page Six’s Instagram account in January, under a post that linked to a story about her torn muscles.
In February, “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Jackie Goldschneider claimed to Page Six that Ozempic is running amok among the “Housewives” and said she is “appalled” by it.
“There are going to be a lot of people with eating disorders. … You start losing massive amounts of weight. It’s so addictive,” she told us. “That’s how I got into anorexia.”
While most stars fail to actually take the highly sought-after drug, a few, including Chelsea Handler and Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, have admitted to taking it.
“I’m on weight loss honey, OK,” the “Shahs of Sunset” alum, 41, revealed on Instagram earlier this week. “I’m just not going to lie about it because I always keep it real about what’s fake.”
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According to doctors, Ozempic injections, and the similarly formulated Wegovy, are expensive and can cause unwanted side effects in the patient’s face, including sagging and wrinkles.
“Real Housewives of Miami” airs Thursdays on Peacock.
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