‘Exciting’ obesity jab helps people lose 10lbs a month
A new injection – labelled the ‘most exciting’ weight loss tool yet – helped people ditch on average 10lbs in a month, a study has found.
The jab, which contains fat-burning hormones, was given to 15 obese people, with the results compared to a placebo, gastric bypass operation and low-calorie diet.
Experts found that gastric bypasses and low-calorie diets were more effective than the jab, resulting in patients losing 1st 8lbs and 1st 4lbs in weight, respectively – reports Mirror Online.
But researchers at Imperial College London say the test shows that weight loss can be achieved with the jab, avoiding the need for invasive surgery which can result in nasty side-effects.
The blood sugar levels of the participants in the study, who all had diabetes, also returned to normal during the trial.
Professor Tricia Tan, lead author of the study, said: “There is a real need to find new medicines so we can improve and save the lives of many patients.
“Although this is a small study our new combination hormone treatment is promising and has shown significant improvements in patients’ health in only four weeks.
“Compared to other methods (such as a gastric bypass) the treatment is non-invasive.”
During a gastric bypass, surgeons make a small bag in the stomach and link it to the small intestine, which leads to food bypassing the rest of the stomach – therefore making the person feel fuller when they eat.
The patients involved in the study were slowly injected with hormones over a 12-hour period each day.