Novo Nordisk posted third-quarter 2019 operating profit a touch below expectations on weak insulin sales and impairments, but nudged up the company’s sales outlook on hopes for new type 2 diabetes and obesity drugs.

The only liver disease becoming more widespread in the U.S. is one driven by obesity and diabetes – NAFLD – even as other liver disorder types linked to drinking or hepatitis become less common.

Novo Nordisk’s sales forecast for 2019 was raised due to growing demand for obesity products and a new injectable treatment for diabetes, which is now the company’s growth engine as insulin sales decline.

Obese people who engaged in resistance training were more likely to see reductions in a type of heart fat, a new study finds.

People who do not consistently get the same amount of sleep or go to bed at the same time each night may be more likely to develop health problems like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, a recent study suggests.

Gilead Sciences Inc. will partner with privately held insitro to develop therapies for a fatty liver disease called NASH.

Gelesis announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration cleared the biotechnology company’s lead product candidate Plenity (Gelesis100) as an aid in weight management in adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25–40 kg/m2, when used in conjunction with diet and exercise.

Novo Nordisk and Gilead Sciences will join forces on a clinical trial combining drugs from the two pharmaceutical firms to treat a progressive fatty liver disease known as NASH.

Novo Nordisk submitted the company’s oral semaglutide drug, a pill that management hopes will transform the diabetes market, for approval in the United States.

Novo Nordisk reported solid growth for the company’s new diabetes drug and will submit a tablet version – a key growth hope – for U.S. approval in first-quarter 2019, lifting the Danish drugmaker’s shares.