Why most people stop taking ‘miracle’ weight loss drugs – and what happens when they do

Why most people stop taking ‘miracle’ weight loss drugs – and what happens when they do.

Despite the effectiveness of the newer generation of anti-obesity drugs – called GLP-1 receptor agonists – few can tolerate them in the long run.

A new study, published in the journal Obesity, reveals that of people prescribed weight-loss drugs, just 44% were still taking them after three months and only 19% after one year.

Greater adherence to these drugs, such as Wegovy, which make you feel fuller faster and longer, is associated with greater weight loss. So why do people not persist with it?

Actually, it’s not that unusual. Not persisting with medication is a well known phenomenon with other conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hypertension. Studies have shown that by the end of one year, almost half of the people on blood pressure pills stop taking them.

 

 

Read the rest of the article here

or as a PDF

2024-01-19T19:14:47-08:00