You may know Botox from its use by the rich and famous to eliminate facial wrinkles.
But now Helene Johannessen, a PhD candidate at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), is studying whether or not Botox could be used as an alternative to treating morbid obesity, replacing costly and dangerous operations.
Tests on rats have shown that treatments with Botox injected into the vagus nerve in the stomach can lead to weight loss. When Johannessen and her colleagues injected rats with Botox, the animals ate less and lost 20-30 per cent of their body weight over five weeks. The treatment effectively paralyzes the vagus nerve, which triggers the sense of hunger and controls the passing of food through the intestines.
Paralyzing the nerve paralyzes muscles in the stomach, which appears to slow the passage of food through the stomach. This effect might one day lead to treatments that cause people to feel fuller for longer.
EU project fights obesity
The hope is that the use of botox can be developed into an alternative to gastric bypass surgery. Johannessen and her research are part of the Experimental Surgery and Pharmacology research group, which is exploring alternatives to gastric surgery. The Botox treatment study is part of an EU project called Full4Health.
Botox is actually botulinum toxin, which when ingested in spoiled foods can lead to both paralysis and death. Nowadays Botox is used in the medical treatment of dystonias and spasms, as well for its more famous cosmetic use. If Johannessen and her colleagues succeed in their efforts, it might also become useful in giving people a healthier and less weighty life.
Clinical studies coming
Johannessen told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) that her research team will start human clinical studies as soon as Norwegian medical ethics authorities give their approval.
The Latest on: Fighting fat with Botox
- 9 Fascinating Facts About the Vagus Nerve on November 13, 2018 at 1:32 pm
It’s one of the reasons that Botox—often used cosmetically—can ... When your ever-vigilant sympathetic nervous system revs up the fight or flight responses—pouring the stress hormone ... […]
- Lisa Armstrong fans back her for own makeup show after Strictly wowing fans amid Ant McPartlin divorce drama on November 11, 2018 at 6:28 am
Lisa has been fighting over cash with partner of 18 years Ant McPartlin ... Celebrities Cheryl fans ask 'what have you done?' amid botox claims The former Girl Aloud star blamed lack of sleep for her ... […]
- Cheryl finally opens up on her 'ever changing face' after fans react with shock at appearance on November 11, 2018 at 6:26 am
Her press appearances had loyal fans speculating on whether she had botox or fillers. One fan wrote on social media ... from her boyfriend Jordan Piggot and complained she was left 'fat and single'. A... […]
- Eliminate Stubborn Fat Without Surgery on October 18, 2018 at 7:06 am
When it comes to trying to slim down, don’t get defeated, instead fight those fat cells with fire and ice ... Micro Needling... Buy 3 get 1 free. Botox is just $10 a unit. Microdermabrasion and Dermap... […]
- Fairbanks medical practice revives nonsurgical anti-aging on October 14, 2018 at 1:00 am
Gho offers two types of injectables, Botox and dermal fillers, to help patients fight the signs of aging and achieve a more ... and Drug Administration in recent years. The nonsurgical fat reduction t... […]
- 7 Questions About Dermal Fillers + Botox, Answered on February 9, 2018 at 5:08 am
Cosmetic injections can help fight these wrinkles ... A: As people get older, they tend to lose fat in their faces. Dermal fillers help restore the look of fullness that is common in youth. On the oth... […]
- Fight aging with face exercises on January 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Some would argue that it’s ridiculous to fight the aging process and that ... We spend billions of dollars a year trying to maintain a youthful look. From Botox, to dermal fillers, to face lifts and o... […]
- Fight the fat with Fire and Ice on September 1, 2017 at 11:55 am
They offer Coolsculpting to freeze the fat and Exilis Elite uses thermal heat to fight the fat cells. And don't forget they also offer Microneedling, Botox and fillers. Rejuvenation on the Rox has som... […]
- CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Allergan to buy Zeltiq Aesthetics for about $2.48 bln on February 13, 2017 at 6:15 am
Botox maker Allergan Plc said it would buy body-contouring product maker Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc for about $2.48 billion, adding muscle to its line-up of products used to fight fat and smoothen wrinkles ... […]
- The fight against facial fat on February 25, 2016 at 5:19 am
For some, the cheeks may become thinner, and pockets of fat may develop near the neck just under the chin. Now, a newly-approved procedure may be a huge help to some who are fighting facial ... "I've ... […]
via Google News and Bing News