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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

High Sugar Intake Linked to Low Dopamine Release in Insulin Resistant Patients.

Using positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of the brain, researchers have identified a sweet spot that operates in a disorderly way when simple sugars are introduced to people with insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes. For those who have the metabolic syndrome, a sugar drink resulted in a lower-than-normal release of the chemical dopamine in a major pleasure center of the brain. This chemical response may be indicative of a deficient reward system, which could potentially be setting the stage for insulin resistance. This research could revolutionize the medical community's understanding of how food-reward signaling contributes to obesity, according to a study presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging's 2013 Annual Meeting.

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Galina L. said...

I wonder, does sugar improve anything?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps sugar is best avoided, or kept as low as possible?

Lynda said...

No surprise there! Equally when you cut sugar from your diet - ie, low carb eating - your sugar response returns in my opinion. Those of us who have cut sugar know how sweet food really is!

Lowcarb team member said...

Since going LCHF I find that I can not eat really sweet things now. The food is just too sweet for me. If for any reason I do have too much sugar I then seem to get a bad headache. As one of the comments here stated "perhaps sugar is best avoided, or kept as low as possible"

All the best Jan

Anonymous said...

Sugar dont do me no favors