Diabetes drug helps people with obesity to lose weight significantly, says study

Researchers have found that someone with obesity who takes a diabetes drug loses significant amounts of weight. These results can be seen after just one week of taking the drug.

The drug has been hailed as a game-changer by experts. During a 72-week trial, participants lost around 20% of their body weight. The report appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. Two thousand five hundred and forty-nine overweight or obese subjects were split into four groups in the study. Three groups received either 5mg, 10mg or 15mg of a new drug called tirzepatide, while one received a placebo injection every week for 72 weeks.

Participants were asked to eat low-calorie meals and exercise about 150 minutes a week. 94.5% of the participants were obese and had an average weight of 104.8kg. White women made up the majority of the participants. Diabetes was not prevalent.