Weight loss pill that combats cancer, diabetes and heart disease is on the cards, experts believe

AN anti-obesity pill that combats cancer, diabetes and heart disease is on the cards, experts believe.

The treatment contains a protein that makes the body burn more calories.

That stops fat and sugar building up, cutting the risk of the world’s biggest killers.

In tests, mice given food rich in both put on no weight.

Dr John Kirwan, of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in the US, called his team’s work “very promising”.

"Halting the obesity epidemic requires new, more effective medications.

He added: “We hope in the not-too-distant future, it will become a viable treatment option for patients with obesity.”

Clinical trials on humans are planned.

Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said: “Every scientist in the world is looking to develop the treatment of choice for obesity.

"In concentrating on this protein Pennington might well be about to find the holy grail.

"If it works with mice it has got off to a good start but success must await human trials once FDA permission for them has been given.

"The good news is this US laboratory has a good record for similar innovative research."

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