• All Share : 52957.32
    DOWN -0.50%
    Top40 - (Tradeable) : 46471
    DOWN -0.69%
    Financial 15 : 15475.66
    DOWN -1.68%
    Industrial 25 : 69839.36
    DOWN -0.64%
    Resource 10 : 32203.24
    UP 0.56%

  • ZAR/USD : 14.27
    UP 0.46%
    ZAR/GBP : 20.9035
    UP 0.76%
    ZAR/EUR : 16.4559
    UP 1.06%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.1336
    UP 0.23%
    ZAR/AUD : 10.9409
    UP 1.31%

  • Gold US$/oz : 1290.9
    DOWN -0.12%
    Platinum US$/oz : 1079
    UP 0.19%
    Silver US$/oz : 17.51
    DOWN -1.74%
    Palladium US$/oz : 620
    DOWN -0.16%
    Brent Crude : 45.89
    DOWN -3.12%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by Profile Data
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Mon May 02 23:21:50 SAST 2016

Botox stomach injections won't help you lose weight: study

AFP Relaxnews | 30 January, 2013 11:08

Image by: ©Ümit Erdem/

Not just for wrinkles anymore, Botox is being tested to treat a myriad of ailments, from migraines to foot pain.

But the facial freezer won't help you shed kilos, as researchers say that while Botox injected into the stomach may help slow the movement of food in the stomach, it won't keep you from eating too much.

Previous findings have suggested that Botox stomach injections prolonged feelings of fullness, delayed gastric emptying, and reduced body weight, but the researchers of the latest study say that these studies weren't randomnized or placebo-controlled.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in the US recruited 60 obese patients in a double-blind trial to test how gastric Botox injections worked against a placebo. After 24 weeks, those who were given the Botox treatments showed no improvements in weight loss.

"On the basis of our findings, I would not recommend gastric Botox injections to people who want to lose weight," researcher Mark Topazian said in a statement. "There are some risks with this treatment and we found that there was no benefit in terms of body weight loss."

The findings were recently published in the journal "Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology."

Click here to access the study.


If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.