Study: Our Brains Are Injured By Fat Consumption

In Life by , on Tuesday, January 03, 2012, 5:42 AM (PST)


Binge On Fat, Bruise Your Brain.

Your stomach may be craving that lard-filled cheesecake, but your brain is bracing for impact. A new study reveals that a continuous consumption of fatty food can cause trauma to your brain.

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A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation reveals that "hypothalamic neuron injury" is caused after humans eat a high-fat diet. And if the diet is continued, our brain's hypothalamus can begin to show inflammation and structural damage.

Not a good sign, especially considering the fact that the hypothalamus is the part of the brain that controls the body's metabolism.

Researchers believe a damaged hypothalamus may play a big part in the difficulty for an overweight person to keep the body fat off.

"Obese individuals are biologically defending their elevated body weight," says Dr. Michael Schwartz, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington and lead researcher on the study.

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Schwartz added that the findings show "solid evidence of a change affecting the key hypothalamic area for body weight control with the potential to explain the problem."

Though the study makes headway on the causes of obesity, researchers say it is far from conclusive. Rodents with strains not as susceptible to diet-induced obesity were not tested, for example.

Either way, it's probably best to take a break from the fast food for awhile. Your brain needs to nurse it's bruises.

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