Diabetes Rx May Offer Weight Loss Bonus

Diabetes Rx May Offer Weight Loss Bonus

November 18, 2019 0 By Jose Scott


For patients with type 2 diabetes trying to
lose weight, the medication you take could make a difference. I’m Gabe Garza with your
latest health news. A recent study from the UK found that the drug liraglutide might increase
weight loss in patients who take it to control type 2 diabetes. Researchers looked at almost
900 adults with type 2 diabetes who were also overweight or obese. These patients were given
daily injections of either 3.0 mg of liraglutide, 1.8 mg of liraglutide or a placebo for 56
weeks. They were also instructed to follow a reduced-calorie diet and to walk briskly
for at least 150 minutes per week. The group taking the higher dose of the medication lost
6 percent body weight on average, compared to the placebo group, which lost only 2 percent
body weight on average. The group taking the higher dose did experience some gastrointestinal
issues as a result of the medication, however. Make sure to speak with your doctor about
the right medication for your condition.