A new treatment for diabetes and alcohol addiction will soon be available on the market. A group of researchers have discovered that a liver hormone can suppress sugar and alcohol cravings, making us consume less sugary treats and alcohol.
Doctor Steven Kliewer, one of the study’s co-authors, has announced that he and his group of researchers have successfully identified and isolated two liver hormones in mice and monkeys which are capable of controlling our sugar and alcohol preferences.
FGF21 is a hormone produced by our livers. According to recent research, it would seem that the hormone plays a key role in how our brain handles food and alcohol.
During several lab tests performed on rodents and primates, the team of scientist have discovered that FGF21 can actually block or suppress the need for sugar-infused foods and alcohol. According to their research, lab specimens which exhibited higher levels of this hormone in their bloodstream would refrain from consuming sugary foods and alcohol.
In order to test out their theory, the team of researchers used water samples infused with sugar and with alcohol. Then, they began increasing the FGF21 levels in the test subject’s bloodstream. The end results show that lab animals injected with this hormone were seven times more likely to refrain from nipping the sugar and alcohol-water samples.
The liver hormone can suppress sugar and alcohol cravings, this is the conclusion reached by a group of researchers who wanted to find out what is the best way to help those suffering from harrowing metabolical diseases such as diabetes type 2.
As explained by the scientist, the FGF21 hormone is produced by our liver due to high levels of carbohydrates present in our bloodstream. It has also been proven that the hormone carries certain molecular variants which are very important in how our organism stores fat.
The FGF21 hormone features an entire pathway. Bound to this pathway is a molecule which help our body to determine the best way to store fat. The molecule also regulates the levels of glucose in our bodies.
Furthermore, the scientists were capable of theoretically explaining how the hormone could help us if a vaccine would be fashioned. In mice and monkeys, the researchers have discovered that the hormone, upon entering the bloodstream send a signal to the brain which tells it to suppress the cravings for sugary treats and alcoholic beverages.
The results of the study could be used in order to fashion new therapies against type 2 and other metabolical diseases.