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Researchers have also discovered that topping up levels of oxyntomodulin - a naturally acting digestive hormone - tricks the body into thinking it is full, thus reducing the appetite.
Inadequate sleep increases the digestive hormone ghrelin and reduces the hormone leptin, causing a continual state of hunger.
Obese patients taking part in a trial were given injections of oxyntomodulin, a naturally occurring digestive hormone found in the small intestine.
Their latest study involved patients being given injections of oxyntomodulin - a naturally occurring digestive hormone found in the small intestine.
The London team used injections of oxyntomodulin, a digestive hormone found in the small intestine, to reduce body weight and calorie consumption in overweight volunteers.