Substance from Gila monster saliva cuts cravings:

05/18/2012 | ScienceDaily

A substance derived from the saliva of the Gila monster lizard has been shown to curb cravings in rats for chocolate and other foods, according to researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. A synthetic version of the substance, exendin-4, is used to help patients with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar. "As exendin-4 suppresses the cravings for food, it can help obese people to take control of their weight," says physiology professor Suzanne Dickson.

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