Botox in the stomach doesn't aid weight loss

Botox may be able to erase wrinkles, but a study published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology concludes that a quick fix injection does nothing to aid weight loss.

Botox, which is short for Botulinum toxin, is a highly poisonous substance that doctors use in small amounts to ease muscle spasms.  It was most often used for people with pain disorders before it became a popular way to smooth facial wrinkles.

Previous research had suggested that Botox injections into the stomach would slow the movement of food through the stomach and help people feel fuller for a longer period of time. This, in theory, would cause them to eat less and lose weight.

But a double blind study at the Mayo Clinic found that obese patients who received injections of Botox lost no more weight after 24 weeks than obese patients who received injections of a placebo.  The research authors went on to say that they discourage the use of gastric Botox injections because of the high risk associated with the treatment.

Sourced from: Live Science, Stomach Botox Injections Don't Help Weight Loss