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Promising new drug ‘starves’ fat cells until they’re gone

A drug with an entirely new approach to fat reduction is showing signs of promise.

Most fat-reduction medications have focused on either ramping up metabolism or controlling hunger. Researchers at the University of Texas are testing a drug that targets the blood supply that keeps fat cells alive.

So far, tests on obese rhesus monkeys have resulted in an average weight loss of 11%.

The drug works by homing in on the blood supply to fatty tissue, attaching itself and then releasing a peptide that destroys the cells. The fat cells are then absorbed and removed by the body.

So far, tests haven’t indicated any adverse effects in normal-weight monkeys or mood changes or other significant negative effects on the obese monkeys. However, a lot more testing is needed before this potential miracle drug will be approved for people.



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