Game changer: Obesity drug cuts body weight by 20 per cent,scientists say
Scientists on Thursday described a drug which hijacks the body’s appetite system as a potential “game changer” in treating obesity after research showed it could cut body weight by up to 20 percent.
The phase-three trial of the drug, Semaglutide, involved almost 2000 overweight and obese people from 16 different countries.
Head of the Centre for Obesity Research at University College London, Professor Rachel Batterham, said the Semaglutide is based on a natural hormone which tells your brain that you’ve eaten.
Duane Mellor, a dietician from Aston Medical School in Birmingham, central England, “the drug provided a useful option” said.
“This drug could have major implications for UK health policy for years to come,” said Batterham.
A lower dose version of the drug is already approved for use to treat diabetes.