Could Viagra help fight obesity?

With more than 500 million people overweight worldwide, obesity has become a global problem. Researchers from University of Bonn in Germany have found a drug that could potentially help in the battle against obesity: Viagra, the well-known erectile dysfunction drug. Based on their research, the scientists believe it could be useful in melting away the "spare tire" around men's waistlines.

Mice who took Viagra were resistant to obesity even when fed a high-fat diet.  The study found that Viagra has the ability to melt away the undesirable white fat cells that pack around a man's waist, constituting the classic "gut."  These white fat cells were converted to beige fat cells, which the body uses to burn for heat and energy, rather than just serving as padding around the abdomen.  By eliminating the number of white cells, the researchers hope that inflammation can be better controlled in the body, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, among other conditions.

The researchers warned that this is far from a short-term fix – popping a Viagra will not work as a weight-loss pill – and that research has been performed only on mice at this point.

Sourced from: Medical News Today, Basic Research Reveals Mice On Viagra Resistant To Obesity