Some scientific discoveries are sometimes unexpected, mistakenly made, and prove to be beneficial nonetheless. For example, penicillin, an unexpected scientific discovery – the first antibiotic that has saved countless lives.
Recently, while researchers at the University of Pennsylvania were researching a cure for diabetes, they suddenly discovered a new drug. Scientists have also discovered a radical cure for accidental weight loss by searching for a cure for diabetes.
The researchers said in a recent article published in the journal Science that their goal was to reverse the metabolic effects when they were researching a method of treating the effects of type II diabetes on mice in a lab. But the experiment did not go as expected by the researchers. After the experimental treatment, mucous fluid started to be secreted from the skin of the rats.
Senior Professor Taku Kambayashi, head of the research, said that the rats on which the treatment was performed were all glowing. But those rats lost a lot of weight and became thinner.
Eventually, the researchers concluded that due to the experimental treatment, rats excrete fat directly from their bodies through the skin. This treatment is called TSLP (thymic stromal lymphopoietin).
Inflammation regulation plays a crucial role in preventing type 2 diabetes and obesity. During the research, the rats lost about half the amount of white fat in their body, including belly fat and challenging fat that accumulates in other parts of the body. Along with anti-obesity benefits, TSLP treatment can also help with skin problems, such as eczema.
The significance of this accidental discovery can be as surprising as winning a lottery. The rate of obesity is steadily rising worldwide. Not only that, but the side effects of obesity can also help scientists in finding reliable weight loss drugs and methods.
However, at this stage scientists will conduct a systematic and thorough investigation of its effectiveness and safety after new research. This experiment will review how effective and proven it is in providing safe treatment to humans.