(05/09/2013) Researchers at the University of Michigan are testing a drug that could trigger weight loss.
Dr. Alan Saltiel, the director of life sciences institute at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, says his department is investigating a link between obesity and diabetes.
They put mice on a high fat diet and gave them a drug called amlexanox, found in medicine to treat canker sores in the United States.
Dr. Saltiel says, 'If you give mice the drug it makes them lose weight and it protects them against diabetes and fatty liver"
He says the drug helped the mice burn more energy.
Next, the life sciences department will test the drug on people to see if has the same results.
Saltiel says, "when you diet it is very hard to keep the weight off because your metabolism slows down to defend your weight. But this drug might help you keep the weight off with diet and exercise, ..if it works".
The department could begin testing the drug on humans beginning this summer.