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GPs warned to monitor CVD risk in cox-2 patients

Weight management programmes in general practice can have significant and sustained effects, new research suggests.

Over a third of patients enrolled maintained 5 per cent weight loss at 12 months, the study found. Patients completing the 12-month course lost 4.8kg, compared with 0.5kg in non-completers.

Researchers enrolled 1,256 patients from eight practices, of whom 50 per cent man-aged to complete the course, which included regular reviews at three, six and 12 months.

Preliminary results were presented at the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society annual scientific meeting in York.

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