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The rise of Ozempic: how surprise discoveries and lizard venom led to a new class of weight-loss drugs

Every now and then, scientists develop treatments that end up being even more popular for another condition entirely. Think of Viagra, originally for high blood pressure, now used for erectile dysfunction. Or thalidomide, a dangerous morning sickness treatment that is now a valuable cancer treatment.
Source: Novo Nordisk.
Source: Novo Nordisk.

The blockbuster drug Ozempic was originally developed to treat type 2 diabetes, a condition that results in too much glucose, or sugar, in the blood. This is because the body can’t effectively use the insulin it produces.

In the 1980s, medications to treat type 2 diabetes would often lead to weight gain, which could worsen the condition. Patients would end up needing insulin replacement therapy.

Read the full article by Sebastian Furness at Daily Maverick.

Source: Daily Maverick

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