New diabetic drugs assisting patients with weight loss may soon be available in Australia, with doctors hoping future treatments may help patients with diabetes to enter remission.
Ozempic was one of the first diabetes injections to also reduce appetite, and now experts say new and more powerful drugs will soon be available.
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“Once you get to that point when you’re causing 25 per cent weight loss, you are truly managing obesity as a disease,” Australian Diabetes Society CEO Dr Sof Andrikopoulos said.
One such drug, Mounjaro, will also assist with appetite suppression and could soon come in pill form, according to experts.
With patients paying up to $1700 per course for drugs including Ozempic, the Australian Diabetes Society wants the drugs subsidised.
The Health Department says it relies on independent advice from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, and currently medications can only be subsidised if recommended.
New diabetic drugs assisting patients with weight loss may soon be available in Australia. Credit: 7NEWS
Doctors are also warning patients who are already using diabetic weight loss injections, including as Ozempic to know the risks.
“If they stop the medication, they can get weight regain. Weight variability is a more significant risk factor for developing metabolic health conditions than we once thought,” Weight Loss doctor, Dr Terri-Lynne South, said.
Two in three Australian adults are now overweight according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, with an estimated 1.2 million diabetics, however, doctors say losing just 10 per cent of your weight can help ease the threat of diabetes.
“In the next five years we will have the great potential to put Type 2 diabetes into remission,” Andrikopoulos said.