Weight Loss Enzyme Identified

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From EverydayHealth.com

A new study done by Yale School of Medicine from that reducing levels of a brain enzyme may curb appetite and boost energy, helping people to control their weight.  Prolylcarboxypeptidase (PRCP) regulates a body chemical, alpha-MSH, that reduces hunger while revving up the body’s energy levels (Sounds like a godsend!). If PRCP enzyme is blocked, alpha-MSH levels stay high and keep appetite in check.

Researchers blocked PRCP in mice.  The mice lost weight, maintained their energy levels and reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

The mice were fed a high fat diet to mimic an every day fast food diet.  However they mice still gain less weight than the normal mice on a normal diet.

Our research provides the first evidence that breaking down molecules in the brain that regulate metabolism is an important component of weight control,” senior author Sabrina Diano, associate professor in Yale’s departments of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, and neurobiology.

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