Would you try this to lose weight??
If you want to lose weight, a new diet or gym membership sounds a whole lot better than consuming someone else’s poop in pill form, but that’s exactly the method researchers are about to investigate in a clinical trial that’s been approved for later this year.
As unpleasant as it sounds, there’s strong evidence that faeces is good for the microbiome environment inside our guts. Reports have shown that in some situations, poop pills are actually more effective than antibiotics, and hence there’s strong demand for healthy body waste, which you’d even get paid for!
The trial starting this year will be run by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Based on research that suggests bacteria from donor excrement can fight infections, they’ll be testing if pooh pills could be a possible treatment for weight-loss in the future.Faecal samples from lean and healthy donors will be freeze-dried and then given to 21 obese patients during the course of the trial.
There’s a growing belief that this kind of treatment could help with weight-loss and various other metabolic disorders, but as yet there’s few animal studies and some anecdotal evidence in humans to go off. This new study should give us much more information….
The treatment will last for at least three months, and possibly continuing for a year or beyond.
Whilst it’s early days there have been some fascinating studies carried out previously. A 2013 study found that gut bacteria transplanted from human twins into mice had a direct effect on the animals’ weight – those given bacteria from the overweight twin also gained weight, while the other group maintained a healthy size.
So who will be the first celebrity fitness guru to sell their own faeces to their excited clients? We’ll just have to wait and see!