Tummy Talk

For many of us, dieting is an eternal battle. Now new research is showing it may also be an internal battle: Your eyes look at the chocolate, your brain says you want it, and then your stomach conspires against you.

Your stomach produces an appetite hormone called ghrelin, which increases your appetite and tells your brain it’s time to eat. Worse yet, high levels of ghrelin appear to make high-calorie foods look more appealing.

Plus, the more weight dieters lose, the higher their level of ghrelin. The hormone seems to prompt your body into regaining some of the weight you’ve lost.

But you can lower ghastly ghrelin levels by increasing exercise, getting more sleep, and filling your stomach with healthy foods. Those will keep your stomach from talking so much trash to your brain.

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Here are some of my other blogs on ghrelin:

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BTW, you can listen to the podcast of this news story here.

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2 Responses to Tummy Talk

  1. C paradiso says:

    A recent study, I believe in Washington, found that fish oil contributed to prostate cancer. Is there any validity to that study?

  2. Dr. Walt says:

    Chuck,

    Here’s what the PharmD’s at Prescriber’s Letter are telling doctors:

    “Patients are asking whether fish oil increases the risk of prostate cancer. They’re hearing about a new observational study that links higher plasma levels of omega-3s with a higher incidence of prostate cancer … and more aggressive tumors. But tell people not to jump to conclusions. Explain that the new study has many flaws … and does NOT prove fish oil causes prostate cancer. Plus, other studies show NO increased risk of prostate or other cancers with fish oil.

    “Keep in mind that fish oil supplements probably aren’t as beneficial as once thought for most patients. Fish oil might MODESTLY reduce mortality and hospitalizations in patients with heart failure … and high doses can lower triglycerides. But recent randomized trials show that fish oil supplements do NOT improve cardiovascular outcomes in high-risk patients.

    “If patients ask about eating fish, explain that it still seems wise to eat 3 to 4 ounces of fatty fish twice a week as part of a healthy diet … but don’t promote fish oil supplements.”

    Hope this helps.

    Walt

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