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Pills the solution to laziness and obesity

Research at the University of California focused on MGAT2, an enzyme found in the intestines of mice and humans.

Mice without the protein were able to eat a high-fat diet while remaining slim and healthy.

The fat they absorbed was burnt off as energy, rather than stored, the journal Nature Medicine reports.

The mice in the experiment also seemed better at processing sugar, cutting their risk of diabetes, and had lower levels of 'bad' cholesterol in their blood.

A pill that targets the enzyme in people could provide a new weapon in the battle of the bulge.

But burning off fat is just one part of the problem, what about keeping the muscles strong?

Even more appealing is the prospect of a pill that makes the body fit, as well as keeping it slim.

Last year, US scientists unveiled an experimental drug which fools the muscles into thinking they have worked long and hard, boosting fitness as well as burning off fat.

Mice treated with AICAR for four weeks burned more calories and had less fat than untreated mice and when tested on a treadmill, they could run almost 50 per cent longer.

Researcher Professor Ronald Evans, of the Salk Institute in California, said: 'We have exercise in a pill.'

You think McDonalds and Coca Cola are already working on incorporating these substances into their products? That would be radically cool. Who needs to eat right and exercise when we have science to take care of us?

NOTE: Do not click through the link unless you want some disturbing obesploitation photos.

Posted By jamesk at 2009-03-15 16:08:01 permalink | comments
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Synchronium.net. : 2009-03-18 06:22:22
Unfortunately, hundreds of millions of dollars/pounds/whatever would need to be spent first on clinical trials. Then (and only then) might it be considered a medicine, and then it would likely only be available with a prescription.

Jamesk, it would be a nice idea to put this in burgers, but I doubt it'd happen. We can always hope though. God, I'd love a Big Mac right now...

Anonymous. : 2009-03-16 09:39:29
"Last year, US scientists unveiled an experimental drug which fools the muscles into thinking they have worked long and hard, boosting fitness as well as burning off fat.

Mice treated with AICAR for four weeks burned more calories and had less fat than untreated mice and when tested on a treadmill, they could run almost 50 per cent longer."

The next boon to MLB!

jamesk : 2009-03-15 18:31:56
I was kidding about corporation putting anti-obesity drugs in junk food, but if you extrapolate the logic of our culture, I get the idea something like that might actually fly.
bayl. : 2009-03-15 17:19:09
although frankly I wouldn't mind finding out more about enzymes like that, I've had a lifelong battle with being overweight, and even with strict diet and strict workout regimens I still have trouble losing weight, but the fact that corporations want to put these in their products scares me. what about adverse effects? we don't know what else the pills do. it's a little scary.
bayl. : 2009-03-15 17:17:21
you know what pills are the solution? vitamins. If you take vitamins and excersize... uh, well you can't eat whatever you want, never mind.

that was... disturbing.

GK. : 2009-03-15 16:38:14
Forget that. What about pills to make my inappropriate behavior more socially acceptable. Retardax! With the ability to make you just barely, technically retarded!

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