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Get Slim, Get Gila Monster?

Well, the odd certainly gets an audience here on DiseaseProof. Late last year we learned that snail venom might actually work as a pain medication, and now, gila monster spit for weight-loss—no, I’m not joking. Robert Preidt of HealthDay News reports:
The Gila monster is a venomous lizard that lives in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.


This study of 217 patients found that three years of treatment with the drug exenatide (brand name Byetta) resulted in sustained, progressive weight loss averaging 11 pounds. Many of the patients also showed sustained reductions in blood sugar levels and in blood biomarkers that indicate liver injury.

The findings were to be presented Monday at the annual scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association, in Chicago.

"Overweight and weight gain is an almost universal problem for people with diabetes," lead researcher Dr. John Buse, chief of endocrinology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, said in a prepared statement. Buse is also the ADA's president-elect for medicine and science and will become president in September.
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