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Diabetes Drug Liraglutide Works Well As A Weight Loss Treatment

October 23, 2009: 07:26 AM EST
The injectable diabetes drug liraglutide reduced weight in obese people who did not have diabetes, according to a Danish study conducted among 564 people in Europe. Moreover, high doses of liraglutide led to greater weight loss than the drug orlistat. For example, a 3.0 mg dose of injected liraglutide led to a 7.2 kg weight loss, compared with a loss of 2.8 kg with a placebo and 4.1 kg with orally administered orlistat. The researchers found that a higher proportion of individuals (76 percent) lost more than 5 percent weight with liraglutide 3.0 mg than with orlistat (44 percent).
Arne Astrup, Stephan Rössner, et al., "Effects of liraglutide in the treatment of obesity: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study", The Lancet, October 23, 2009, © Elsevier Limited
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