Leptin: new drug showing promise in long term weight loss in mice!

According to a new study in the July edition of the journal Cell Metabolism there is an experimental drug named JD5037. This new drug has been tested in mice and is showing promise to help people lose weight and keep it off long-term someday.
Sensitivity to the hormone leptin is increased by the drug. This hormone is a natural appetite suppressant that can be found in the body. The researchers also found in the study that JD5037 suppressed the appetite of obese mice which led to their weight loss.
George Kunos, a senior study author of the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, said that the new drug is able to maintain the weight loss in addition to promoting it.
Leptin supplements alone may not be helpful at assisting patients to lose excess weight. According to the release, it’s theorized that this is due to desensitization to leptin, which means that the body can no longer respond to it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control more than 35 percent of U.S. adults are obese. The highest rates of obesity stretch are from the states Texas, East to South Carolina and North to Kentucky with a state-wide obesity rate greater than 30 percent. Approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. Since 1980 the number of obese children has tripled.
Obesity can cause the leading causes of death in the United States, which are heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Unfortunately there is no magic elixir for weight loss. And even if this treatment does show promise in humans it is years, and maybe even decades away from being approved by the FDA.
Portion control of meals and regular exercise are still the most effective way to lose weight. For sure this is not new information, but it is the best way to get in better shape and to lose weight.

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