The consumption of calorie dense food and drinks along with a sedentary lifestyle has led to an American population with an expanding waistline. The CDC reports that one third of U.S. adults are obese and two-thirds of adults over 20 are either obese or overweight. And as a result, weight loss surgery is becoming more and more popular. But what if a weight loss computer chip currently being tested on mice could help?
This new weight loss computer chip is being implanted into mice to check for fat in the blood. When blood fat reaches a certain level, a hormone is released that satiates hunger. Tests on mice showed that obese mice lost weight with the chip. The chip stops releasing hormones once the body reaches a healthy weight.
“Instead of placing the mice on a diet to achieve weight loss, we kept giving the animals as much high-calorie food as they could eat,” said ETH-Zurich professor Martin Fussenegger, from the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering in Basel, in a news release reported on Medical Daily.
The journal Nature Communications reports that the chip contains two genes that work together to satiate hunger. A team of researchers at ETH Zurich, a Swiss University says that a version may be ready for humans in the next 5-10 years.
"Instead of intervening in the progression of a disease that is difficult to regulate, it has a preventive effect and exploits the natural human satiety mechanism,” said the researchers.
Could this be a substitute for weight loss surgery and diet pills?
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