Sometimes we wish we could just take a pill to make all our unwanted fat go away. And now, our wish may just come true. Scientists at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, led by Wadih Arap and Renata Pasqualini, have been developing a drug that can make you lose weight without breaking a sweat.
Tests performed on monkeys over a period of 28 days concluded that the subjects lost 11 percent of their body weight on average. The success is the result of a protein compound called adipotide that locates and destroys fat cells by cutting off their blood supply. Scans show that the drug only targets fat cells, leaving muscles and other essential tissue alone.
Even more interesting is that researchers chose the most sedentary monkeys to test the drug on, which means this could be a workout-free way to lose weight. Sign us up!
The subjects were able to maintain their weight loss for two weeks until they returned to the colony and resumed their old habits. With nearly 72% of Americans being either obese or overweight by 2020, this drug seems like the light at the end of the tunnel in this epidemic.
No word yet on when the drug will become available for human use as there are still many unanswered questions. But we can’t wait.
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