Scientists find 'hormone aids weight loss'

Researchers in the US believe that irisin hormone tells the body to burn fat faster.

    Researchers at Harvard Medical School say they may have discovered a way to help people lose kilos without even breaking a sweat.

    They believe the hormone irisin is released when animals and people exercise, and it tells the body to burn fat faster.

    The hormone turns on a gene that converts white fat into brown fat, which burns more calories for longer.
    However, the development of a drug for human consumption could take up to a decade, and scientists say their findings so far only scratch the surface of irisin's multiple effects.

    Al Jazeera's Charlie Angela reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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