Love against obesity

  •  May 31, 2020


How about fighting the love handles with a dose of love? Oxytocin spray, the love hormone, was effective in tests against appetite. The new weapon against overweight is in the air.

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A so-called "love hormone" spray, oxytocin may set a new frontier in anti-obesity therapies.


This hormone is produced in the brain during activities such as sex, kissing, or giving birth.

Thinking about the way the substance is administered, very ethereal boundaries.

But the results of its effectiveness reveal enough density to be considered as a viable and less invasive alternative to reducing weight.


Apparently spraying an oxytocin spray on the nose just before a meal reduces your appetite.

Previous studies have shown that guinea pigs who took oxytocin consumed fewer calories.

While those without it - when they could develop obesity - lost weight when their internal balance was restored.


But at Massachusetts General Hospital (United States), the hormone was tested in humans.

In the experiment, 25 volunteers sprayed the hormone on their own nose an hour before breakfast.

As a result, during the meal they consumed 122 fewer calories and 9 grams less fat on average.

Throughout the day, the cut reached 366 calories.

To sum up, the equivalent of losing just over one pound a month - over 17 pounds a year.

Or five times more than with the use of the drug orlistat (the active ingredient of the Xenical drug), which provides the loss of 3.2 kg to 8.9 kg / year.

Given the discomfort caused by drugs and the intervention of bariatric surgery, a simple self-applied spray is the best way out.

How exactly the thing works still remains unfinished.

One theory is that high levels of oxytocin affect the part of the brain responsible for food intake and social behavior.

This explains why, when we are in love, we feel little hungry.

Another theory is that the hormone delays the emptying of the stomach, causing an early satiety.

The truth is that by quenching the rewards center, the hormone makes us need less fat and sugary foods.

In the new tests scheduled by Massachusetts General Hospital, 140 volunteers will be used, with electroencephalogram monitoring.

Because it is so easy to administer, the hope for new treatment is enormous.

Obesity Through the Eyes of a Loved One | Dana Marie Rosser | TEDxBeaconStreetSalon (May 2020)


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