Could poop pills be the diet pill the overweight of the world have been waiting for? Scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital have created poop pills and they are embarking on a drug trial with 20 obese people after they’ve shown promise on animal testing.
A poop pill might sound like a pill to bring on a bowel movement, but that is not the case. Bowel movements are involved, but not yours. Yep, that’s right, the pills are filled with fecal matter that came from someone else’s bowels.
What scientists have learned is that there are significant differences between the microbiomes of an obese person and a lean person. These microbiomes are found in the intestines, reports MSN News on January 18.
Lean and trim people have a more diverse population of bacteria within their gut. Scientists believe that by introducing the microbiomes of a lean person into someone who is obese, this may result in weight loss.
A study involving a set of twins where one was obese and the other fit and trim has brought this possibility to light. When the gut bacteria from the lean twin was transplanted into a mouse, the mouse remained slim. But when the gut bacteria from the obese twin was transplanted into a mouse, the mouse gained weight.
This poop pill is just in the begging stages of research, but the lead researcher on this team said if the results show the transplanted gut bacteria has an impact, you may be looking at a future treatment for weight loss. (Transplanted via pill form). This research does not involve surgery, just ingesting the fecal matter in a capsule.
Geek reports, this concept came about when scientists noticed that “there may be a causal link between the bacteria that lives inside our guts and the role it plays in how easily we gain and lose weight.”
Studies so far look promising and it has now progressed to human trials. This means so far the safety aspect of this treatment has checked out and now enough evidence has been gathered to allow this next step to move into human trials.
According to the Geek, “They found obese bacteria cannot setup shop in a host full of lean bacteria, but lean bacteria has no issues colonizing in an obese host. The issue comes with transferring these bacteria—our high-fat, low-vegetable diets just don’t accommodate the transfer of these lean bacteria.”
Anyway you look at it, this is going to be a bitter pill to swallow as just knowing what the capsule contains inside brings terrible visions to the mind’s eye. Getting folks to swallow this pill just might be one of the biggest hurdles when it comes time to market the poop pill.