Fat busting pill?

17 July 2009

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Category: Research & medical benefits

fat.jpgAn artificial hormone has reduced body weight and fat mass in mice, and fast. Previous studies suggest that single treatments for obesity cannot reduce weight by more than about one tenth. While surgery remains the closest thing we have to a cure, this is very invasive. So many studies are looking at ways of using hormones to reduce weight.

Researchers combined the sequences of two hormones (glucagon and glucagon-like peptide-1) to produce a synthetic molecule that activates multiple receptors. The two hormones are similar in structure, but have different functions. Their potential is the subject of current obesity research fter scientists showed they can increase the use of calories by the body. 

After just a week on the new hormone, mice lost a quarter of their weight and their fat mass reduced by over a third. Follow-up after a month showed even greater loss – reductions of nearly a third and over two thirds respectively.

The technique of activating multiple receptors in a single treatment could open up a whole new way of thinking about the treatment of obesity.