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Archive for July 23, 2015

Body fat can send signals to brain, affecting stress response

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The brain’s effect on other parts of the body has been well established. Now, a group of¬†researchers has found that it’s a two-way street: Body fat can send a signal that affects the way the brain deals with stress and metabolism.¬†While the exact nature of those signals remains a mystery, researchers say simply knowing such a pathway exists and learning more about it could help break a vicious cycle: Stress causes a desire to eat more, which can lead to obesity. And too much extra fat can impair the body’s ability to send a signal to the brain to shut off the stress response.

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