Nasal Spray may help to fight obesity

Monash researchers have shown the promising potential of a nasal spray to promote weight loss in severely obese people.

More than one in four adults are obese in Australia, and current non-surgical therapies have side effects or only work in conjunction with exercise, which can be difficult for people who are severely obese.

Finally, there may be a solution: a nasal spray that works to depress appetite and increase metabolic rate without exercise in people who are obese.

In a paper published today in Cell Reports, Professor Tony Tiganis and his team at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute used animal models to block the action of two enzymes and promote the action of two naturally occurring hormones, leading to a reduction in appetite, an increase in metabolic rate and associated weight loss. Read more.