Novo Nordisk's "Liraglutide" Effective At Inducing Weight Loss

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Novo Nordisk's "Liraglutide" Effective At Inducing Weight Loss

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Old 03-21-2013, 12:28   #1
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(With so much negatives news about this type of drugs these days, they had to come up with something positive to try to counteract the bad news. Results not that impressive, but better news that what is circulating.)

Novo Nordisk's "Liraglutide" Effective At Inducing Weight Loss

Novo Nordisk has just announced that their drug liraglutide is extremely effective at inducing weight loss among people suffering from type 2 diabetes.

In a 56-week long double-blind phase 3a clinical trial, part of the SCALETM (Satiety and Clinical Adiposity Liraglutide Evidence in Non-diabetic and Diabetic people) program, researchers identified the effectiveness of liraglutide 3 mg as an obesity treatment.

Liraglutide 3 mg is a GLP-1 analogue taken once a day. According to a previous report published in The Lancet, liraglutide is effective at reducing weight and the prevalence of risk factors in obese people without diabetes.
Liraglutide, brand name Victoza, is currently only approved at low doses for type 2 diabetes, not for weight management.

A total of 846 obese type 2 diabetics were split into three different groups:

The liraglutide 3 mg group
The liraglutide 1.8 mg group
The placebo group

The study lasted 56 weeks.

The average weight of the participants at the beginning of the study was 106 kg and their BMI was 37. On average, people treated with..:

...liraglutide 3 mg lost 6% weight
...liraglutide 1.8 mg lost 5% weight
...placebo only lost 2% of their initial weight

More than half of the patients taking liraglutide 3 mg lost more than 5% of their initial body weight and 22% of them lost more than 10%. Those on placebo only lost 13% and 4% respectively.

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Oh, YEAH -- that's it -- if it has questionable effects, BROADEN your market.

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