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a study from researchers led by HHMI identifies a population of neurons in the vagus nerve and brain stem activated by sugar when it enters the gut, independent of the tongue's taste receptors. The team states this specialized gut-brain circuit is not activated by sweeteners, possibly explaining why some sugar substitutes never seem to be able to satisfy sugar cravings.

Researchers discover a new gut-to-brain sugar pathway.

The sugar epidemic in America has reached deadly proportions with the average person’s intake of this substance now averaging more than 100 pounds annually. Sugar addiction has been linked to … Continue Reading Researchers discover a new gut-to-brain sugar pathway.

New study provides further evidence of the link between sugar-sweetened beverages and cancer.

It has been estimated that there are approximately 14.5 million cancer survivors in the United States.  Growing scientific evidence shows that health-related risk behaviours including tobacco use, alcohol use, physical … Continue Reading New study provides further evidence of the link between sugar-sweetened beverages and cancer.

Study shows brain cell mitochondria controls blood-sugar levels after a meal.

A large body of data gathered over the last decades has identified the neuronal pathways which link the central nervous system with the autonomic innervation of the endocrine pancreas. These … Continue Reading Study shows brain cell mitochondria controls blood-sugar levels after a meal.

Researchers block mitochondrial glucose production to treat type 2 diabetes in preclinical trials.

High blood sugar is a defining characteristic of Type 2 diabetes and the cause of many of the condition’s complications, including kidney failure, heart disease, and blindness. Most diabetes medications … Continue Reading Researchers block mitochondrial glucose production to treat type 2 diabetes in preclinical trials.

Study shows that regular consumption of sugary drinks linked to type 2 diabetes.

Artificially sweetened beverages have been seen as possible alternatives to sugar-sweetened beverages to reduce intake of sugars and energy, and fruit juice has been considered a healthier alternative. However, evidence … Continue Reading Study shows that regular consumption of sugary drinks linked to type 2 diabetes.

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