How effective is liraglutide?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

People taking liraglutide for a year along with a program of diet and exercise lost an average of 18.5 pounds. Most people who continued taking it for a second year remained at least 5% below their starting weight. People who lost weight while taking liraglutide had improvements in their blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides. Rates of prediabetes also dropped.

People with obesity and type 2 diabetes who took 3 mg of liraglutide daily lost an average of 14 pounds over a year. Their HbA1c and blood glucose levels were also reduced. This enabled some to stop taking other diabetes drugs, some of which cause weight gain as a side effect. 

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