ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – Could a drug used to treat canker sores be a miracle weight-loss solution? Researchers at University of Michigan are working to find out.

Back in February, U-M researchers discovered that mice given the prescription drug, Amlexanox, lost weight without diet or exercise.

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Now, Dr. Elif Oral, an associate professor of internal medicine at U-M’s Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes (MEND) division, is beginning the first human study to determine whether the drug will have the same effect in people.

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“The weight loss together in improved glucose metabolism makes this even more interesting, you know, and more exciting,” Oral told WWJ Health Reporter Sean Lee. “We’re going to start out by targeting the diabetic population because that’s the population that needs more immediate help.”

The study is small, enrolling just 10 obese people with Type 2 diabetes. If that goes well, the next study will enroll more people.

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