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New England Journal of Medicine Reports New Weight Loss Drug Works

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New Weight Loss Drug

Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that a drug used to treat diabetes also works as a new weight loss drug. However, here are that facts about what you need to know before deciding on taking this weight loss wonder.


Are you looking for the best-rated prescription weight loss drug available today? Then you are in luck as the New England Journal of Medicine recently published the results of a new study that shows that a drug used for treating diabetes also works as a weight loss drug that reportedly outperforms other prescription meds for weight loss.

However, according to a news report from CTV News in Toronto, you may want to know the following facts about what it is, how it works and its common potential side effects that caused approximately 10% of the test subjects to remove themselves from the study.

Weight loss drug fact #1: The drug used for treating diabetes is called “Liraglutide” with the brand name of “Victoza.” The form used for weight loss goes under the name of “Saxenda” approved by the FDA earlier this year and is identical to the diabetes drug, but used under a different dosage.

Weight loss drug fact #2: The drug is provided as a daily injectable dose.

Weight loss drug fact #3: The drug works by mimicking natural hormones that stimulate insulin secretion and thereby helps control blood sugar levels by lowering glucagon levels after eating a meal.

Weight loss drug fact #4: The drug also works by suppressing appetite and slows down gastric emptying so that dieters are left feeling fuller longer.

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Weight loss drug fact #5: In this latest study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, study participants taking the drug lost an average of eight kilograms (18.5 lbs.) over 56 weeks, whereas those taking a placebo only lost 3 kg (6 lbs.).

Weight loss drug fact #6: Participants taking the weight loss drug showed greater improvement under multiple biomarkers of health such as improved blood pressure and blood lipid levels than those who were given a placebo.

Weight loss drug fact #7: The drug must be taken in conjunction with a controlled diet and added exercise.

Weight loss drug fact #8: The most common side effects included mild to moderate nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting. Other less-common side effects observed in the test weight loss drug test group included pancreatic inflammation, gallbladder disease, lowered kidney function and sudden drops in blood sugar. Approximately 10% of test subjects chose to drop out of the study due to side effects experienced.

According to CTV News health and medical expert Dr. Marla Shapiro, the results of the study show that this weight loss drug performs much better than other weight loss medications currently on the market.

"It's encouraging that there's something new on the market, whereas up until now, there really hasn't been anything that we've been able to sustain or that hasn't been pulled off the market."

For more details about the study, here is a link to a free online copy of the published report.

Reference: CTV News Toronto “Weight loss drug shows promise, but with side effects