The Fat-Burning Drug Of The Future?

It's been wished for billions of times: a pill that would burn fat for you. (Come on. You know you've thought about it.) While we haven't reached that point just yet, scientists have come a little closer with the discovery of an enzyme-blocking chemical.

The enzyme in question is called Fyn kinase, which reseachers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Neuroscience have managed to inhibit in mice with a drug known, for now, as SU6656. By blocking Fyn kinase, the body is seemingly fooled into burning more energy and, thus, fat. Almost immediately, mice start becoming leaner.

So can humans become leaner with SU6656? Not without neurological effects. The scientists are searching for a safer version that targets only the parts of the body you want: adipose tissue and muscle.

3 Comments
  • Dee Dee
    Posted on

    The easy way is through the commitment of diet and exercise. It might take a while, it requires effort and a change of lifestyle but it definitely improves your life. Not because it makes you stunningly beautiful (it doesn't) or because men or women will be falling all over you (they don't) but because it gives you a sense of achievement and teaches commitment. I recommend the book, "Losing half my weight and finding myself".

  • anonymous
    Posted on

    hmmm.. a twitchin' babe or a twitchin' blob?.. I'll take babe for a hundred :) seriously! I have fought my weight since birth. I would take the easy route at 42

  • anonymous
    Posted on

    Interesting until it got scary...

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