A drug originally intended for diabetics can help people obese without diabetes lose weight and maintain weight, research suggests.
he found a little over a year of treatment with the drug called liraglutide to reduce at least five percent of body weight by more than 60 percent of study participants.
“It is a very effective drug. It seems as good as any of the others on the market, adding another possibility for physicians to treat patients who have problems either lose weight or maintain weight loss once they get the weight, Xavier Pi- Sunyer, professor of medicine at the Medical Center of the University of Columbia in New York city, was quoted by live Science.
The researchers conducted a trial of 56 weeks duration with 3,731 patients who had type 2 diabetes and who had a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or a BMI of at least 27 if if also they had high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
were randomly assigned patients in a 2 :. 1 to receive shot once daily liraglutide at a dose of 3.0 mg (2,487 patients) or placebo (1,244 patients)
The researchers found that a total of 63.2 percent of patients liraglutide group compared with 27.1 percent in the placebo group lost at least five percent of their body weight.
Among patients treated with liraglutide, 33 percent they lost at least 10 percent of their body weight.
Only 11 percent of the placebo group lost much weight.
The study was published in New England Journal of Medicine.
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