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Absorption of food under stress is more dangerous than anticipated
- September 29, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Today there is a new interesting study of a team of neuroscientists from the Gavin Medical Institute in the USA, which consists in illustrating the direct relationship between stressful absorption of food and accelerated weight gain. This study was intended to illustrate the difference between eating high-calorie foods in a normal mood and in a stressful state, thereby finding the mechanism behind accelerated weight gain in the last stressful case. And a team of experts said they found a potential explanation for why this happens so often.
In general, increased absorption of food under stress is a fairly common and logical factor in the vast majority of living things – and in particular in humans. However, previous studies have repeatedly noticed that people who overeat just because of stress have a great chance to seriously recover compared to those who just like different high-calorie snacks from time to time.
A new study by specialists from the Gavin Institute demonstrated that the key mechanism behind this relationship may be a special neuropath in the brain, in particular in the parietal lobe, where a molecule called NPY is produced. This molecule, judging by the laboratory studies of specialists, stimulates a person to continue to absorb food even after the stress factor has passed. And the molecule itself is supposed to actively interact with insulin, whose high level in the blood does not allow the brain to stop in time to absorb food.
Thus, a vicious circle is obtained in which a high level of insulin and the presence of this molecule does not allow the brain to stop a person from excessive absorption of food – especially high-calorie snacks – in time, as a result of which people often develop an increased risk of recovering more. At least, scientists talk about this possibility in a theoretical context.