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How far would you go to control your food cravings? Would you take a drug made from the saliva of the Gila monster lizard? Your response to that would probably be "YECH". However, researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, says that it works. They tested it on rats and found that it stopped their cravings for ordinary food and chocolate. The name of the drug is Exenatide and is a synthetic version of a natural substance known as exendin-4.
Who can benefit from this drug? Those who are diabetic, obese or suffering from eating disorders such as compulsive overeating. If you want to lose weight and have failed in your dieting attempts, this may help you too. Professor of Physiology at the Sahlgrenska Academy, Suzanne Dickson said that most diets fail because we can't overcome our desire for tempting foods. In this case, overcoming our cravings is the answer to controlling our weight. They will continue to study this drug to see if it also will suppress alcohol cravings.
So, if you can't stay away from chocolate, ice cream, cakes and other foods that keep your weight up, maybe a lizard's saliva is the answer to your problem.