This hormone controls how much you eat

New research published in the journal Nature Medicine suggests how a hormone called asprosin triggers hunger in the brain. The findings may help to treat obesity and overweightness.

Dr. Atul Chopra, a medical geneticist and assistant professor of molecular and human genetics and of molecular and cellular biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, is a corresponding author on the study.

Previous research led by Dr. Chopra discovered the hormone for the very first time. Researchers then found that the hormone is generated by fat, and that it regulates blood sugar levels by traveling to the liver and “telling it” to release glucose into the bloodstream.

And now, Dr. Chopra and his colleagues have shown that the hormone also affects the brain’s hypothalamus, regulating appetite and weight.

 

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