by Karl Denninger
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an injectable diabetes drug for long-term weight control.
“This under-the-skin injection is the first approved drug for chronic weight management in adults with general obesity or overweight since 2014,” the FDA said in a statement Friday.
Studies have shown the once-a-week injection, called semaglutide, can help people lose up to 12% of their body weight over about a year and a half.
You’ve probably seen the ads on TV for Trulicity, which is basically the same drug. It’s originally for Type II diabetes, and acts to increase insulin secretion. IMHO this was never a proper approach to begin with because if you’re Type II you make insulin, but your cells are resistant to it, so the insulin you make doesn’t promote the proper use of glucose in the blood; ergo, your blood sugar is too high.