French Debut Fat-Burning Drug

New drug tricks body into burning fat
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2008 10:59 AM CST
A new drug to combat obesity is being developed in France. It tricks the body into burning fat, even when on a high fat diet.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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(Newser) – French scientists have developed a drug that fools the body into burning fat even when on a high-fat diet, reports the BBC. The drug is a chemical cousin of resveratrol, a substance found in red wine and thought to combat heart disease. Higher doses of the compound completely prevented weight gain when it was tested in mice. They showed no signs of side effects.

Scientists hailed the news as a potentially important advance in the fight against obesity, but cautioned that any eventual use of the drug by humans should be combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle. French researchers developed the drug after witnessing intriguing indications that red wine had an impact on how calories are processed.