Small Advantages of Weight Loss Drugs
Weight loss drugs may be helping people with diabetes. Rimonabant is still in clinical trial, but users experienced better blood sugar management. Similar blood sugar results occurred with over-the-counter orlistat.
The two weight loss drugs currently on the market only have a minor effect on weight according to the latest research. A new drug that has not yet been approved, rimonabant, seems to be a little more effective than it’s rivals. However, concerns over common behavioral health side effects have kept it out of pharmacies so far.
A team of researchers from Canada and Brazil published an article in the British Medical Journal presenting the findings of 30 weight loss drug clinical trials . They concluded:
- Rimonabant users lost an average of 10.4 pounds. The medication also helped patients improve cholesterol, triglyceride (blood fat), and blood pressure readings as well as blood sugar control. However, many studies have pointed out that rimonabant users tend to experience more depression, anxiety, and suicidal tendencies.
- Sibutramine clinical trial participants lost an average of 9.3 pounds. They also experienced lower triglyceride levels. Unfortunately, researchers observed higher blood pressure among sibutramine users.
- While orlistat delivered the least weight loss at an average of 6.4 pounds, its other health benefits were impressive. Orlistat reduced blood sugar measures, lowered LDL cholesterol and improved blood pressure. However, orlistat users reported uncomfortable digestive system side effects like diarrhea.
Most patients taking medications that cause weight loss dropped 5 to 10 percent of their body weight. However, miraculous weight loss does not occur with most patients. Weight loss is a miracle you create yourself. It requires patience, time, discipline, and sacrifice.