Posted on Jan 15, 2007
British scientists are developing a chewing gum that could help to regulate the appetites of obesity sufferers. Although the research is promising, the first infomercials are years away.
An injectible treatment could be available in five to eight years, but the long-term goal is to produce a form that can be absorbed in the mouth.
One in five adults are obese, but that could rise to one in three by 2010.
The hormone in question is called pancreatic polypeptide (PP), which the body produces after every meal to ensure eating does not run out of control.
There is evidence that some people have more of the hormone than others, and becoming overweight reduces the levels produced.
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