Doctors Health Press Reports on Study: Gastric Botox Injections Do Not Promote Weight Loss
Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 12, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that while using Botox injections on the stomach has gained much popularity in weight loss circles, the method does not, in fact, help with weight loss.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/weight-loss-articles/what-you-shouldnt-do-to-lose-weight) notes, to date, there has been conflicting evidence in support of using gastric Botox injections. Some overweight Americans looking for an easy fix have turned to this method to help shed some pounds. But this month, in the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, researchers have published a study that found this: Botox does not promote weight loss.
As the article “What You Shouldn’t Do to Lose Weight” reports, injecting botulinum toxin A (Botox) into the stomach has been thought to delay emptying of the stomach, increase feelings of fullness, and reduce body weight. In the new study, researchers enrolled 60 obese patients in a 24-week, good-quality trial to compare Botox to a placebo. They found that the injection slowed the movement of food through the stomach—but it did not promote weight loss.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article goes on to note that the researchers, based on this, do not recommend that overweight or obese individuals go this route. There are some associated risks, and there is no weight loss benefit. This is contrary to a previous study finding Botox to be promising for weight loss. But according to the article, this newest study is the one that should be believed, as it is larger and of far greater quality, including the double-blind aspect (meaning that neither physician nor patient knew who received Botox and who received placebo injections).
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes that in the world of weight loss, the only tried and true approach is changing one’s lifestyle to include more exercise and a healthy diet.
(SOURCE: Topazian, M., et al., “Gastric Antral Injections of Botulinum Toxin Delay Gastric Emptying but Do Not Reduce Body Weight,” Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology February 2013; 11: 145–150.)
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