One third of the population in the US is categorized as “obese”, and obesity is a condition which is often linked with many other chronic illnesses, such as Diabetes, Cancer and heart diseases. In a new study, researchers have found that liraglutide, sold as both Victoza and Saxenda assist in combating against type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and stimulate weight loss.

Obesity can now be treated with some Diabetes drugs

MarketsandMarkets estimated that the global weight loss industry will exceed US$200 billion by 2019. Coincidentally, if you are Diabetic, and are taking certain medical drugs, it is highly likely you will reap the benefits of losing weight as well, if you are taking drugs such as liraglutide. Liraglutide is a medical drug which is ingested into the human body through self-administered injections.

Some discussion about using the drug for weight loss…

It is perhaps unsurprising that some healthcare providers might find it interesting and worthwhile to prescribe the drugs for weight loss. However, there is a gap because insurance companies tend to refuse prescribing Victoza for patients unless there is explicit diagnosis that patients are suffering from Diabetes.

The study was done by Dr. Michael Camilleri, gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic and the senior author of the new study. Basically, his team and him found that participants who received liraglutide usually lose two times more weight relative to participants who received a placebo. Camilleri commented to Healthline that “Liraglutide appears to be very effective in inducing weight loss over three months of treatment…“.

Study can be subjective, but messaging shows one crucial fact

The messaging of this story is really about how important it is to stay healthy. Marcey Robinson, co-founder of Achieve Health & Performance in Colorado helping patients to fight T2D claimed that the drug has become the “go to” for weight loss. She went on to claim that successes were quantifiable as some of her patients who were pre-Diabetic needed to lose weight and after taking the drug, felt less hungry.

Unfortunately, both Robinson and Camilleri re-emphasized the importance of keeping healthy (through exercise) and having the right nutrition to keep the body in an optimal state. As mentioned previously on articles here. Given that the insurance companies are still stringent and ambiguous on when the drug can be covered under their health plans, exercising right and eating well are still the two mantra we need to recite to ourselves, day in day out.

About the Author Shane

Shane is passionate about the medical industry and constantly envisions a world without incurable diseases and chronic conditions. He seeks to use his entrepreneurship, venture capital and sales and marketing experience to bring real change to the medical industry, one insight at a time. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family, do online learning and read.

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