Author(s): Samat A, Rahim A, Barnett A
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Abstract Weight gain, during and after the menopause is common. Contributing factors include ethnicity, reduced physical activity, reduced lean mass, reduced resting metabolic rate and treatment with certain drugs, e.g. steroids, insulin, glitazones. Excess body weight increases the risk of medical conditions including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, certain cancers and is associated with increased mortality. This review examines pharmacological approaches to promote weight loss. Pharmacological therapy should be considered as an adjunct to diet and lifestyle changes. The licensed drugs orlistat, sibutramine and rimonabant are discussed. Obesity increases the risk of type 2 diabetes. Thus, the effects of metformin and exenatide are examined.
This article was published in Menopause Int
and referenced in Journal of Patient Care