The Impact of Tirzepatide on Blood Pressure: A Breakthrough in Obesity and Diabetes Treatment
The article discusses a recent study indicating significant reductions in blood pressure among overweight and obese patients taking the diabetes and weight loss drug tirzepatide, also known as Mounjaro and Zepbound. Conducted by Eli Lilly and Company, the study involved 600 participants who took different doses of tirzepatide over nine months. Results showed notable decreases in systolic blood pressure, with the greatest reduction observed in participants taking 10 milligram doses. However, the researchers noted uncertainty regarding whether the blood pressure reduction solely resulted from tirzepatide or if lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and diet modifications, contributed as well. Despite these promising findings, further research is deemed necessary to understand the drug’s long-term effects on cardiovascular events like stroke and heart attack, and to assess blood pressure changes upon discontinuation. The study’s outcomes suggest potential benefits of novel weight loss medications in addressing cardiometabolic complications associated with obesity, as highlighted by Michael E. Hall, chair of the department of medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
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