Dieting Wonder-Drug Under Development

Monday 5th July 2010

British scientists have discovered a chemical that suppresses the appetite naturally that could be used to develop a dieting 'wonder-drug' that would help slimmers to battle the bulge
by blocking unhealthy cravings.

Researchers have found that the substance - called hemopressin - naturally occurs in the body and does not appear to cause any negative side effects - unlike synthetically manufactured dieting drug Rimonabant which caused some users to fell depressed and experience suicidal thoughts.

The chemical is thought to work by reducing the brain's pleasure response to eating. And scientists believe that upping the body's levels of the chemical could result in significant weight loss after lab mice ate less food after being given doses of hemopressin.

Scientists are now developing therapies that will stimulate over-production of the chemical in the brain to control appetite and reduce cravings.

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