Monday, March 03, 2008

A New Wonder Drug to Fight Obesity

It's no secret that obesity statistics are on the rise, and along with them the likelihood of many more people developing heart disease and diabetes. And while the late Anna Nicole Smith helped to popularize the diet pill in America, these pills are known for having side effects that can wreak havoc with one's health.

In response to this dilemma, Israeli researcher Dr. Nir Barak has developed what could be a weight-loss wonder drug. Working with drug company Obecure, Barak has developed a new formulation called Histalean which is based on betahistine, an approved drug marketed worldwide for the treatment of vertigo. Betahistine has been available to health authorities for over 30 years and is therefore already FDA-approved.

Histalean has been found to quell the desire to consume fatty foods, particularly in women under the age of 50. The pill works by activating chemical agents that reduce appetite. The most recent double-blind placebo-controlled study included 281patients, men and women aged 18-65, with a BMI ranging from 30 to 40. This study revealed the effects of gender and age on the pill's response.
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