If it wasn't hard enough already, new research out of Monash University and now published in Nature demonstrates that as we age key appetite control cells in the human brain degenerate over time, causing increased hunger!
We aren't talking about REALLY OLD here, according to Dr. Zane Andrews, a neuroendocrinologist at Monash University:
"People in the age group of 25 to 50 are most at risk. The neurons that tell people in the crucial age range not to over-eat are being killed-off.
When the stomach is empty, it triggers the ghrelin hormone that notifies the brain that we are hungry. When we are full, a set of neurons known as POMC's kick in.
However, free radicals created naturally in the body attack the POMC neurons. This process causes the neurons to degenerate over time, affecting our judgment as to when our hunger is satisfied." In simple English, what is happening is that as we age (25 and up), free radicals are destroying one of the critical mechanisms that tells us not to eat when we are full… scary!
It's pretty hard to lose weight when your brain fails to tell you when you're full…
It turns out that one of the main culprits here are carbohydrates, especially simple sugars. So in order to reduce this effect, it would be wise to temper your sugar and junk carb intake. There definitely has to be some more research into this.
ARE WE DOOMED?
I think this research coupled with a lot of other factors in the Western world make it harder and harder to eat right. We all know if we are honest with ourselves that the only way to get to a healthy weight is to eat right and exercise consistently.
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Monash University (2008, August 22). "Killer Carbs: Scientist Finds Key To Overeating As We Age." ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 26, 2008.
Robyn is a qualified Herbalist and has practised natural medicine for over 25 years in Australia.