A team of scientists working at the Research Centre for Environmental Health in Munich, Germany have developed a compound that replicates the effects of three naturally occurring hormones that suppress appetite and lower blood sugar – without any side-effects.
So far the drug has been tested on rats and has yielded positive results in terms of curing both obesity and type 2 diabetes. The researchers hope the drug will be tested on humans within the next two years and be available for patients by 2020.
The hormonal effects that take place when taking the drug mirror the effect of gastric band weight-loss surgery, without the invasive surgery.
Lead author of the study Dr Brian Finan has said the following:
“We are hitting three different targets in one.
“We are driving down food intake and we are increasing energy expenditure and all the while improving the overall health of their tissues. We really hope it can live up to the nickname of...