More than six kilograms a month
An injection that helps people lose more than six kilograms in a month could be a breakthrough treatment for people suffering from obesity.
Human trials are currently being completed, but scientists confirmed that patients naturally ate 30 percent less food after receiving a monthly hormone injection and some were even able to come off diabetes medication.
Lead researcher Professor Steve Bloom, head of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism at Imperial College London, said he hoped to create a therapy within five years which was as effective as gastric band or bariatric surgery, but could be administered as a small painless monthly injection.
His team is due to publish its research in a medical journal shortly.
“It is going to be the most exciting agent for improving health that has yet been discovered,” Prof. Bloom told the Daily Telegraph.
Obesity increases the risk of other life threatening conditions
“Obesity has become a tremendous burden on our society. The whole of our society is overweight. It increases your risk of cancer. Your chances of heart disease and stroke increase with obesity. If you are arthritic, it is worse. Almost everything is worse.
“We are living longer and longer but that process has come to a halt because we are killing ourselves with obesity. It’s a very serious problem yet just telling people to eat less and to exercise more doesn’t work.”
Less hungry, less craving for fatty and sugary foods
The injections and patches deliver satiety hormones to the patient, the chemical signals released by the gut to control digestion and hunger cravings in the brain, also making them prefer less fatty and sugary foods.
The effects of these satiety hormones made people “feel less hungry and stop eating earlier,” Professor Tricia Tan, a consultant in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic medicine at Imperial, who formulated the hormones in the study, explained.
“The sensation is like after you have eaten a big meal and you feel really full. What is even more exciting is that we are able to normalise blood sugar levels and they can come off diabetes medications.”
Professor Bloom added that the hormones are mimicking our physiology. “It’s not likely therefore to do you any harm. We feel reasonably confident this will be a safe medication.”
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