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Jab the flab: New weight-loss injection approved in Australia

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on March 11, 2016

Jab the flab- New weight-loss injection approved in Australia

Ever wanted to literally stick it to those extra kilos? There’s a new fat-blasting injection that can do just that.

Saxenda helps people lose up to eight per cent of their body fat, and it’s just been approved by the PBS.

It’s been hailed as a ‘blockbuster’ weight treatment for obesity, but how does it work?

The active ingredient, liraglutide, is actually based on hormones that naturally occur in the gut. These hormones send messages to the brain to tell it that the stomach is full, which means that people end up eating less.

The drug was first used to manage type 2 diabetes, but after users reported losing weight as well, its potential as a fat-busting treatment was investigated. It’s the first injectable weight-control drug worldwide, and is designed to be used together with a healthy diet and exercise routine to help people manage their weight.

To qualify for the drug, patients must be clinically obese. This means a BMI over 30, or over 27 but with weight-related medical issues like high blood pressure or diabetes. It must be prescribed by a doctor but is self-administered once a day.

So is the solution to Australia’s obesity crisis as simple as a daily dose? Saxenda might sound like a miracle solution, but of course it isn’t perfect. The side effects of the drug include nausea and more serious health problems like thyroid problems.

There is debate whether using drugs to help with weight loss is really a healthy option at all. But with nearly two thirds of all Australian adults obese or overweight, it could be a solution worth investigating further. It’s been available in America since late 2014.

Could this solve all our obesity problems, or are you not so sure? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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    1. Katherine says:

      This article says that it’s just been approved by the PBS, but as of December 2016 I don’t think it’s on the PBS, it’s about 400 a month. I just checked with a pharmacy. If it was on the PBS it would be a miracle. Can anyone clarify?

      1. Natvia Natural Sweetener says:

        Hi Kat, it is approved by PBS however it’s not subsidised hence the same cost as the pharmacy retail. Hope that helps.

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