Study to Give Fetuses Anti-Obesity Drugs

A hundred obese, pregnant women sign up for trial
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2011 12:30 PM CDT
Study to Give Fetuses Anti-Obesity Drugs
Is it ever too soon to watch your weight?   (Shutterstock)

Is in utero too soon to start taking anti-obesity drugs? A group of scientists are putting that question to the test; they’re giving a hundred obese pregnant women the diabetes drug Metformin. It won't help the moms lose weight, but it should limit the amount of sugar they pass along to junior, the Telegraph reports. Doctors are hoping that’ll lead to smaller babies, which in turn should lead to fewer C-sections and fewer cases of pre-eclampsia, a complication that often strikes overweight moms.

One leading weight loss organization has expressed reservations about the trial, with its CEO calling it “disturbing” and its science adviser saying women should lose weight in conventional ways, instead of “popping a pill that may help pregnancy outcomes.” The study’s lead researcher says that of course obese women should try to lose weight. But “lifestyle change takes time,” he says. “Metformin gives us another option.” (Read more anti obesity drugs stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.