Weight-loss drugs: Who, and what, are they good for? – CTV

Jan. 2, 2024

Powerful weight-loss medicines like Novo Nordisk’s Wegovy leapt into public view in 2023, from social media to doctors’ offices and cocktail parties, offering a new way to address record obesity rates.

But extraordinary demand, and high prices, for these drugs will keep them out of reach in the coming year for many patients who are likely to benefit.

The new drugs are known as GLP-1 agonists, which mimic the activity of a hormone that slows digestion and helps people feel full for longer. In clinical trials, people lost 15% to 20% of their body weight, depending on the drug. Nearly 120 million American adults could be eligible for treatment, while Novo says its target market is more than 760 million people with obesity worldwide.

Researchers have also found the treatments can protect against heart and kidney disease, and are testing them for conditions such as Parkinson’s and alcohol addiction.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/weight-loss-drugs-who-and-what-are-they-good-for-1.6707624

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