Pill May Slash Body Weight By a Quarter

Combination of hormones has a potent effect on mice
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 14, 2009 2:15 PM CDT
Mice fatter than this guy lost up to a quarter of their body weight in a new study.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A drug that cut the body weight of mice by 25% is raising hopes for humans, the Daily Telegraph reports. The rodents lost 42% of their fat mass after a week, with even more powerful effects seen over a month. The pill combines hormones that have been found to weaken appetite and reduce weight. More research is required before testing can begin on humans, researchers say.

“No single agent has proven to be capable of reducing body weight more than 5%-10% in the obese population,” says one of the Indiana University researchers. “Combination therapies using multiple drugs simultaneously may represent the preferred pharmaceutical approach.” Other combinations may be better than this one, he notes.