Weight Loss Pill May Tell Brain When to Stop Eating

A weight loss pill currently in development in Canada uses a natural protein to tell the brain when it’s time to set down the fork.

A weight loss pill, now in development, may be able to tell the brain to stop eating through the use of a natural protein.

Doctors at the University of Montreal are reportedly working on a pill high in leptin, a protein that regulates appetite in mammals. Its levels decrease when a person is fasting and increase when eating meals.

Past experiments involving obese patients have shown that it’s possible to regulate a person’s desire to eat with leptin. Canadian researchers were first inspired to develop this pill in 2006, when studies showed  that up to 80 percent of the cells in our stomach produce leptin and help control appetite. The pill’s development in Canada, which will involve animal testing, still continues.

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