Anti-stress compound reduces obesity and diabetes risk

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BRAIN SWITCH TELLS BODY TO BURN FAT AFTER A MEAL

Researchers report the brain’s ability to sense insulin and coordinate feeding with energy expenditure is controlled by a mechanism that is turned on after fasting to inhibit insulin response and conserve energy. After feeding, the mechanism is turned off to facilitate insulin response and expend energy. However, in obese people, researchers believe the switch may stay on all the time.  READ MORE…
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BULIMIC BRAINS RESPOND DIFFERENTLY TO FOOD CUES FOLLOWING STRESSFUL EVENTS

According to a new study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, the brains of women with the eating disorder Bulimia Nervosa respond differently to images of sugary and high-fat foods following a stressful situation than those without the disorder. Brain scans reveal bulimic women have decreased blood flow to the precuneus, an area of the brain associated with self-criticism, when presented with images of food following a stressful math test. The findings provide support to current theories that binge eating may provide an alternative focus to negative self-reflections. READ MORE…

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