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Study: Diabetes patients lose almost 22 pounds with ‘breakthrough’ drug

By Kiersten Willis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Troy Warren for Hometown Hall


 

The global study involved more than 1,000 people with Type 2 diabetes.

Scientists behind a new study say the results present new hope for patients with Type 2 diabetes.

The condition means that the body doesn’t use insulin properly, the American Diabetes Association noted. Some people can use healthy eating and exercise to manage their blood sugar levels. Others, however, may need to control it using medication or insulin.

According to EndocrineWeb, losing weight may be able to help reverse the disease.

Now, scientists from the University of Leicester in England have conducted a study that showed two-thirds of patients with Type 2 diabetes could lose at least 5% of their body weight. Participants also noticeably improved their blood sugar management. This was due to weekly injections of a 2.4mg dose of Semaglutide, which is considered a “breakthrough” drug, according to a Wednesday press release from the school.

The findings of the study were published in the weekly peer-reviewed journal, The Lancet, Tuesday.