For women struggling with weight gain after menopause, there may soon be a solution on the market that promises to get rid of muffin tops and prevent potentially deadly diseases.
So what is this miracle drug? According to researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, the aforementioned anti-obesity pill is currently in the works, but results so far have been promising.
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In experiments on mice, scientists found that there is an antibody that huddle around organs preventing fat-triggering diseases from settling. That same antibody also ensured that female mice that had had their ovaries removed did not gain weight after the surgery. Researchers hope these results can be duplicated on post-menopausal women who would then be able to enjoy life muffin-top free!
This new drug would not only fight obesity, but it would also work for the body by fighting off diseases of aging—like osteoporosis.
So far, scientists are very optimistic about the potential uses of this new drug. Doctors believe the antibody could be used to treat conditions ranging from metabolic syndromes—like high blood pressure and cholesterol—as well as cardiovascular diseases—like diabetes and cancer. A cure for polycystic ovary syndrome might also be on the table.
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But for those who are more interested in its obesity-fighting capabilities, listen up. Researchers saw a reduction in visceral fat, which is fat that is mainly stored in the abdominal area, even in mice that were fed a high-fat diet. Treatments with the antibody boosted calorie-burning brown fat cells, which produce heat in a process called thermogenesis.
As we age, our metabolism slows down—there's no shame in that—so don't beat yourself up for piling on the pounds after 50. It's not your fault! A drug with these properties would be such a benefit for older women trying to lose weight but who aren't without results.
We've got our fingers crossed that scientists roll out a drug like this very, very soon!
Once her weight reached almost 400 pounds in 2014, 29-year-old Mallory Buettner decided it was time for a change. See the teacher now on the next slide.