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17 July 2010
Now, a 4–in–1 Diet Drug To Tackle Obesity, Diabetes
Here’s some good news for those looking for a "quick–fix" to shed flab – scientists claim to have developed a "four–in–one" diet drug which reduces weight, apart from controlling blood pressure, cholesterol levels and even preventing diabetes, particularly in obese.
The jab, liraglutide has a "feel–good" factor – similar in structure to a gut hormone that helps regulate appetite, it tricks brain into thinking people are full despite eating 20% less food, the Daily Mail’ reported.
The scientists tested liraglutide on over 550 obese men and women. Those who took liraglutide lost a stone and a half over six months – more than twice as much as those on dummy drugs. When they took the drug for another 18 months, the weight stayed off. The benefits of liraglutide, which like insulin comes in an injectable pen, did not end there. Blood pressure levels dropped to such an extent that patients could throw away the drugs they were taking to keep it under control.
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