People want to eat beyond control and shed away the extra kilograms going by the easiest methods such as weight loss surgery, slimming pills, machines to dissolve flesh and powders/superfoods to aid weight loss.
Some 20 years back, the discovery of a hormone called ghrelin made scientists jump with euphoria as they thought that they had found the perfect way to control weight and appetite. But sadly, ghrelin did not turn out to be the elixir for obesity, a disease which has been announced as a global health epidemic by WHO. Now, the discovery of the first molecule naturally created in the body that hinders ghrelin’s effects might open new doors for treating conditions such as diabetes and anorexia. This molecule might also be of use in bariatric surgery procedures. If you would like to study in detail on the bariatric surgery procedure, please visit the website www.firsteatright.com.
Although ghrelin, dubbed as the ‘hunger hormone’, does not serve the proposed purpose it helps in many positive changes in our metabolism (such as strong muscles). The new study was not created with the aim of finding ghrelin-blocking compounds but how bariatric surgery reconstructs metabolism in the human body. During this research, the team came across a protein molecule called LEAP2 molecule. Interestingly, the molecule comes from the liver and small intestine and not the stomach. LEAP2 is an indispensable part of the ghrelin system that is needed for our survival.
Researchers feel that further study is required to come to a conclusion whether LEAP2 can be utilized to treat conditions such as obesity, anorexia and diabetes. One theory that they propose is that LEAP2 can help fight obesity-individuals who lose weight mostly gain it back in a few years’ time as their appetite increases, which might be due to an increase in ghrelin levels. LEAP2 comes of use here as it might prevent the increase in appetite that comes after a period of weight loss.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.