Archive for August 19th, 2006

A Vaccine For OBESITY…A Reality?

August 19, 2006

imagesrm1.jpgWe have vaccines for infections like flu and pneumonia… now comes a vaccine for obesity?  This would really be interesting.

As we are facing a tremendous increase in the prevalence of obesity, we are likewise faced with the burden of treating the diseases that come with it! Wouldn’t it be ideal to have a vaccine solely to prevent our kids to be obese?

Published in the August 2006 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is one interesting study which really caught my attention. This involved giving mice a vaccine against the effects of a protein called Ghrelin – a protein closely associated with weight gain! The study involved the mice to eat as much as they want. 


The mice that were given the vaccine gained 1/2 that of the group without the vaccine suggesting that the vaccine prevented the weight gain!

Clinical Human Implication of the Study:

This vaccine will definitely help in PREVENTING Obesity in those who are not obese yet and those at risk due to genetic makeup and family history… rather than as a Treatment of Obesity!

So… While awaiting research to come up with miracle drugs to treat obesity and before this vaccine becomes a reality…

Prevention Is Still The Best Option!