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November 15, 2011 at 1:01 PMComments: 3 Faves: 0

Latest diet drug: revolutionary, or just feeding our laziness?

By Laura Hogg More Blogs by This Author

It's every dieter's dream - a miracle solution that gives you all the results of a diet and exercise regime, without, you know, actually having to diet and exercise.

Well, in today's sure-to-be-controversial news, that dream is actually close to becoming a reality.

I know, I know - we've heard this before, right? Most "miracle" diet pills often come with pretty scary side effects and high risk of addiction. They work temporarily, but the weight they target is usually water weight or muscle - not exactly something we want to lose. So how is this latest drug any different? Let's turn to the study:

The Study

The team of Houston researchers, rather than artificially fattening up their monkey test subjects, used monkeys that were already displaying "couch potato" tendencies. They then injected them daily with a protein compound called adipotide, which zaps the blood supply to fat cells and kills them off. After 4 weeks, the monkeys had lost, on average, 11 percent of their body weight.

Here's where it gets interesting. The weight that they dropped was not water or muscle, but "white" body fat - the nasty stuff that's linked to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

But don't run out to your local pharmacist just yet. Human trials haven't started yet, and there were some slight (reversible) kidney changes that the researchers plan to investigate further.

Could the Pill Be For You?

As promising as this sounds, according to researchers, this injection would never be a permanent solution. Rather, it would be used as a kick-off to a lifestyle change that would include - there's no escaping it - a healthy diet and regular exercise. (Who wants to get a shot every day, anyway?)

Predictably, public response to this new innovation has been mixed. Opinions range from heralding the drug as revolutionary in the fight against diabetes to slamming it as just another expensive, temporary fix for perpetually lazy Americans.

Taking into account that more research is needed, what are your thoughts? Would you try out this latest, greatest miracle drug? Or is it the easy way out?


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  • Great Blog. Looking forward to more FitChatter weekly posts! I cannot believe an injection really made those monkeys lose weight. I guess we'll see what happens in the human trials. Also, I am a firm believer that any pill or magical injection just isn't worth it because of potential side effects. People need to learn to lose weight the hard way, with diet and exercise!

  • I think its an awesome idea! miracle pillz ftw!

  • Sounds amazing though... I do wonder about the side effects of a drug that kills fat cells. Fat plays an important role in our body, it keeps us warm! PLUS - no fat = icky saggy skin. :P

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