Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Associated Press August 26, 2018 For the first time, a drug has been shown to help people lose weight and keep it off for several years without raising their risk for heart problems — a safety milestone that may encourage wider use to help curb the obesity epidemic.The drug, Belviq, has been sold in the United States since 2013 and is the first of several new weight-loss medicines to succeed in a long-term heart-safety study now required by federal regulators to stay on the market.‘‘Patients and their doctors have been nervous about using drugs to treat obesity, and for good reason. There’s a history of these drugs having serious complications,’’ said the study leader, Dr. Erin Bohula of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Advertisement With this study, Belviq has been convincingly shown to be safe for the heart, … [Read more...] about Weight-loss drug Belviq is first without heart risks, study says
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Marilynn Marchione Associated Press Published 1:06 p.m. UTC Aug 26, 2018 For the first time, a drug has been shown to help people lose weight and keep it off for several years without raising their risk for heart problems – a safety milestone that may encourage wider use to help curb the obesity epidemic. The drug, Belviq, has been sold in the United States since 2013 and is the first of several new weight-loss medicines to complete a long-term heart safety study now required by federal regulators to stay on the market. “Patients and their doctors have been nervous about using drugs to treat obesity and for good reason. There’s a history of these drugs having serious complications,” said study leader Dr. Erin Bohula of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. With this study, Belviq has been convincingly shown safe for the heart, she said. Although Belviq did not raise heart risks, it didn’t lower them either, as many had hoped it would. The … [Read more...] about Study: Weight-loss drug Belviq seems safe for heart
Last Updated Jul 26, 2017 6:04 PM EDT With more than one-third of adults in the U.S. considered obese, more and more Americans are heading to a surgeon's office seeking weight-loss surgery to help them drop pounds and achieve better health.The procedure, which can take several forms, involves restricting the amount of food the stomach is physically able to hold. It is typically done in people who are morbidly obese, but a new study suggests it may be more successful if done before patients reach that point.The study, published in JAMA Surgery, looked at first-year surgery results from more than 27,000 patients in Michigan who had weight-loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, over a 10-year period ending in mid-2015.The data showed that only one in three patients succeeded in getting their body-mass-index (BMI) below 30, the cutoff for obesity, in that first year.However, the odds of achieving this goal were much higher for patients who had a BMI level of 40 – the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo When is it time to get bariatric surgery for weight loss?
Story highlights The criteria for bariatric surgery include a BMI of 40 or higher (or more than 100 pounds overweight) Surgeries reduce the amount of food one can eat and hormonal changes that reduce hunger (CNN)Do you have pounds to lose but don't have a weight loss plan? If you are seriously considering how to go about shedding pounds, there are three proven levels of intervention, depending on your individual needs. Intervention 1: Lifestyle changes Intervention 2: Medications Intervention 3: Surgery If you are severely overweight and have not been able to lose an adequate amount of weight with lifestyle changes or weight loss medications, or if you have serious health issues related to obesity, bariatric (or weight loss) surgery is a potential option. Read More "You consider surgery when other therapies for obesity fail," said Sue Cummings, a registered dietitian who was clinical programs coordinator at the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight … [Read more...] about Weight loss that works: Surgery