New fat-destroying drug could tackle obesity
A new drug that starves fat cells by cutting off their blood supply could help obese people with weight loss, according to a new study. Researchers from the M.D Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, US, tested the experimental drug adipotide on overweight rhesus monkeys, and found their body weight reduced by 11% over a four-week period. The drug also lowered the animals' Body Mass Index (BMI) and trimmed their waistlines. 'This is an exciting new concept in our efforts to control obesity,' said Dr. Lou Aronne, director of the Comprehensive Weight Control program at Weill-Cornell Medical College. 'But we need human studies for efficacy and more importantly, safety.' If adipotide proved successful in humans, the drug would still have to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before it could be sold for weight loss. The researchers also hope the drug could prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and reduce the risk of cancer. The study was published on November 9 in the journal Science Translational Medicine.