Could a Diabetes Drug Help You Lose Weight?
Research published in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism suggests that a drug called semaglutide, which is being developed to treat diabetes, targets the brain’s appetite control system and could help obese people lose weight.
The small study, conducted by researchers at the University of Leeds in England, involved 28 obese people divided into two groups. Half of the study participants were given a weekly dose of semaglutide for 12 weeks, and the other half were given a placebo. Researchers then repeated the process, switching the two groups.
According to the researchers, the drug helped to reduce food cravings and led to smaller meal choices and a decreased preference for high-fat foods. The average amount of food eaten each day was 24 percent lower in participants given semaglutide, resulting in an 11-pound weight loss, on average, over the 12 weeks. Semaglutide is in the advanced stages of development, but is not yet available.