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A drug made from the saliva of the Gila monster lizard is effective in reducing the craving for food. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, have tested the drug on rats, who after treatment ceased their cravings for ordinary food and also chocolate.
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Wondering how this drug is harvested.
Doc: You just drank some Gila Monster saliva. how do you feel?
Me: Not hungry.
Doc: It works!
Yeh, +Dan Ellender I'm with you on that - I think I can understand why they have gone off their food :( probably can't trust them anymore. Don't eat that, they put lizard spit in it!
"Here, take this. Now don't overeat or we'll make you take more lizard spit!"
That might work, in a controlled environment. :P
Exenatide is a drug that has been approved since 2005 to help type 2 diabetics regulate blood glucose levels.

I'm curious to know how they discovered this use or what made them think of trying it in the first place though...
I find I ask myself that same question +Johnathan Chung so many times when reading research reports.
Should be easy to do human trials on appetite suppression if it is already approved, unless it needs significant doses.
My chocolate cravings aren't out of control, they're absolutely in complete control of me.
+Johnathan Chung They probably discovered the remains of a gila monster that got into a research lab, with a bunch of thin rats sitting around twiddling their thumbs. That's how stick notes were invented. ;-)
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