August 01, 2006
Mice Brain Genes Reprogram For When To Eat

If you get into the habit of snacking at some time your genes might reprogram to keep you wanting to eat then.

Dallas -- July 31, 2006 -- Giving up your regular late-night snack may be hard, and not just because it's a routine. The habit may genetically change an area of the brain to expect the food at that time, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered.

By training mice to eat at a time when they normally wouldn't, the researchers found that food turns on body-clock genes in a particular area of the brain. Even when the food stopped coming, the genes continued to activate at the expected mealtime.

"This might be an entrance to the whole mysterious arena of how metabolic conditions in an animal can synchronize themselves with a body clock," said Dr. Masashi Yanagisawa, professor of molecular genetics and senior author of the study.

Maybe when people get older their brains get programmed to be hungry at more times of the day?

Share |      Randall Parker, 2006 August 01 08:35 PM  Brain Appetite


Comments
Bob Badour said at August 4, 2006 8:14 AM:
Maybe when people get older their brains get programmed to be hungry at more times of the day?

Do you have any evidence that older people get hungry more often? The aged have lower appetites overall with appetite decreasing while digestive motility slows.

Post a comment
Comments:
Name (not anon or anonymous):
Email Address:
URL:
Remember info?

                       
Go Read More Posts On FuturePundit
Site Traffic Info
The contents of this site are copyright