August 2, 2011

Starving Brain Cells Release 'Feed Me' Signal

Jennifer Welsh, Live Science

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When a dieter starves themselves of calories, they starve their brain cells as well. New research finds that these hungry brain cells then release "feed me" signals, which drive hunger, slow metabolism and may cause diets to fail.

When the researchers created mice whose brain cells couldn't send out the signals, or appetite-increasing proteins, and these mice were leaner and ate less than normal after being starved.

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TAGGED: Neurons, Eating, Hunger, Brain Cells, Diet


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