Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Drug Equivalent To Gastric-Bypass Surgery

A new drug (Tesofensine) that reduces weight by 20 per cent in 6 months (when combined wit the proper diet). Sicentists see it is the chemeical equivalent to stomach stapling or gastric-bypass surgery. The new drug was discvored by accident, when researchers observed that patients taking the drug as a tested treatment for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases were losing weight as a side effect.

The drug targets brain chemical linked to appetite, thus suppresses hunger and overeating. The net result is an energy deficit that forces the body to burn off the excess fat. Nothing new about its mechanism of action, yet it is as twice as the best existing drugs used to treat overweight.

The drug awaits the results of the phase 3 studies.

Source : The Independent

Drug can cut weight by 20 per cent in six months - Health News, Health & Wellbeing - The Independent