A new study reports altering activity in the amygdala can eliminate cravings for sweet foods. Researchers believe the findings could help develop new treatments for eating disorders.
Exposure to artificial light while sleeping is associated with weight gain and an increased risk of obesity in women. Compared to those who slept without artificial light, those who slept with television or light on were 17% more likely to have an 11 pound or more increase in weight.
According to researchers, obese mice have increased levels of senescent cells in their brains, and these cells contribute to anxiety. Using senolytics to clear the cells helps to reduce anxiety related behaviors.
Researchers report just one night of sleep loss can have a tissue specific impact on metabolism and the regulation of gene expression. The study could explain why those who suffer chronic sleep loss or work shifts are at greater risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Researchers have discovered that women who felt depressed during the early stages of pregnancy were almost twice as likely to suffer from gestational diabetes. Additionally, those with gestational diabetes were more likely to report postpartum depression symptoms.
Researchers believe they might have identified a new abnormality in the relationship between dopamine and response to food in those with obesity.