Hormone jab joins the obesity wars

2019-03-02 10:02:10

OVERWEIGHT? Wish you could switch off your appetite? Now a team at Imperial College London has found a hormone that seems to do just that. The hormone is a peptide known as oxyntomodulin, which is produced by the small intestine after a meal. In a trial, 14 obese and overweight people injected themselves with doses of the hormone 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch and dinner. After four weeks they had lost an average of 2.3 kilograms, compared with 0.5 kg for the control group (Diabetes, DOI: 54.08.05.db05-0480). “We are fooling the brain, in a very natural way,