Researchers have proposed that hormones which sense fat could one day be used to control appetite and battle obesity.
WiredPRNews.com — As reported by Health Day News, a family of hormones categorized as N-acylphosphatidylethanolamines (NAPEs), which help give signals to the brain that one is full, will be further studied to help identify an effective means of regulating appetite or food intake for overweight and obese individuals.
As quoted in the Health Day report of Dr. Gerald Shulman, one of the authors of a recently published study on the matter, “We’re excited but we have to be cautious… We would love to be able to take this to man tomorrow because we need effective ways to treat obesity and, right now, we have very few agents that work effectively. But we have much work to do.”
Results of the study, which has so far been conducted on rats, appear in the Cell’s November 26th issue.