(HealthDay News) — A new once-weekly diabetes medication that lowers blood glucose and also helps patients lose weight has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

The once-a-week injection drug Ozempic (semaglutide) is approved for patients with type 2 diabetes. It stimulates the body’s insulin production and reduces appetite, the Associated Press reported.

The drug is from Danish company Novo Nordisk. A company-funded study of 1,200 type 2 diabetes patients found those who took Ozempic had average reductions in long-term blood glucose levels at least 2.5 times greater than those who took daily sitagliptin.

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Patients who took Ozempic also lost two to three times as much weight as those in the comparison group, the AP reported.

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