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Brain Cells Eat Themselves When Starved

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Brain Cells Eat Themselves When Starved

Brain cells eat themselves when starved of food, resulting in increasing hunger impulses that make it harder to lose weight…

A new study has shown that dieters struggle to lose weight because brain cells begin to eat themselves when starved of food.

Just like other parts of the body, cells in the brain begin to eat themselves as a way of replenishing energy to ward off starvation. In response the body produces fatty acids, which increase the hunger signal making us want to eat more.

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Dieters Struggle To Lose Weight Because Brain Cells Eat Themselves When Starved

Image Credit: Gideon, 2005.

Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York hope that the new findings will lead to scientifically proven weight loss treatments.

When tested on mice, researchers found that using a process called autophagy which stops brain cells eating themselves prevented hunger impulses from rising in response to starvation. The effects caused the mice to lose weight and become slimmer.

Dr Rajat Singh, who led the study, said: A pathway that is really important for every cell to turn over components in a kind of housekeeping process is also required to regulate appetite.

Treatments aimed at the pathway might make you less hungry and burn more fat, a good way to maintain energy balance in a world where calories are cheap and plentiful. [Telegraph UK]


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