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KEEPING WEIGHT OFF

ANCHOR LEAD:  HOW CAN PEOPLE WHO NEED TO TAKE CERTAIN MEDICATIONS ALSO MANAGE WEIGHT?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

The combination of a diabetes drug called metformin and lifestyle changes helped folks who take medications called antipsychotics limit their weight gain, a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported.  Weight gain has been cited as one of the primary reasons people stop taking these medications, says Mark Riddle, chair of child psychiatry at Johns Hopkins

RIDDLE:  Lots of adults and now lots of youngsters are taking these antipsychotic medications.  A fairly large proportion of them are gaining a lot of weight on these medicines.  With children, we worry about what impact that could have on cardiovascular health, cardiovascular events.  This is a serious health issue.             :20
Riddle says this study needs to be confirmed in a larger group of adults and tested in children to confirm the success of the approach, be he’s encouraged.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting..


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