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Could new research regarding the body clock provide answers for weight control?

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      Tamra wrote Feb 12, 2010
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      “From fruit flies, timely clues about fighting flab”

      “These inner clocks control the sensitivity to food and also affect how much the flies eat. We found that the highest sensitivity to sugar is in the daytime, and far less at night. But we found that if you eliminate these clocks, the flies will eat much more food. So these clocks seem to suppress the desire for food at certain times of day."

      Hardin notes that there are obvious parallels that could be drawn comparing the desire for food by the fruit flies and the human desire for food.

      "It's long been established that as humans, we have clocks, too," he adds. "If clocks in our taste-sensing cells also control when and how much we eat, it could greatly impact weight gain. Understanding how these clocks control eating could potentially lead to ways to combat obesity.

      "By looking closely at factors that control Drosophila's desire to eat, we can draw comparisons to human eating behaviors," Hardin says. "If we could adjust the key internal clocks, we might be able to control food consumption and, of course, that would be a big step in the fight against obesity."

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      Trudy S wrote Feb 12, 2010
    • I think each of us has our own ‘answer’ for weight loss - for me it is nutritional cleansing, for others it might be adjusting to their body clock.

      What ever it is I think the challenge is finding what the answer is for YOU.  I’ve stopped my search...I found it!

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      Tamra wrote Feb 13, 2010
    • Well, I hate to tell you, but in many cases, you are!  Unless the research is privately funded by corporations.  Texas A&M is often the beneficiary of private, corporate research dollars, as are many universities.  

      Just think, if a medication could be developed that controlled the body clock’s impact on appetite, it could be used to control weight.  I’m gonna go out on a limb (wink, wink) and say that it would be a highly marketable product, and thus, very profitable.  Then wouldn’t we would all be happy this research had been done!

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