Type 2 Drug Might Help Obese Teens Lose Weight
Losing weight is tough for obese teens. A drug that’s already on the market for treating type 2 diabetes and obesity in adults may help. In a study, 251 obese adolescents ages 12 to 17 who had trouble losing weight with diet and exercise alone were randomly assigned to take liraglutide (Saxenda) or a placebo. After 56 weeks, the liraglutide group lost an average of about 5 pounds, while the placebo group gained about the same amount. Gastrointestinal side effects, including nausea and vomiting, occurred in 65 percent of those taking liraglutide and only 36 percent who took the placebo. But side effects generally subsided after a couple months of treatment.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine, published online March 31, 2020