(Mirror Daily, United States) – Soon a new treatment for both diabetes and alcohol addiction will be available as scientists found a liver hormone can balance sugar and alcohol cravings.
Diabetes is one of the most spread diseases and many people are having trouble fighting of its symptoms. On the other hand, although alcohol addiction is seen by many people as blameful, it is actually a condition that requires treatment and that’s very hard to get rid of.
Thankfully, a team of researchers led by Doctor Steven Kliewer has identified two liver hormones which could actually control people’s sugar and alcohol cravings. Despite the fact that the hormones were identified in mice and monkeys, the FGF21 is also a hormone produced by the human liver. The FGF21 has a saying in how our brain manages to control food and alcohol.
Since they couldn’t just start making tests on humans, the study was conducted using rodents and primates as subjects. According to their findings the hormone can suppress and even block our need for sugar and alcohol.
The theory was tested using samples of water that contained sugar or alcohol and by increasing the levels of hormone in the mice’s or monkeys’ bloodstream. The results showed that the animals with a higher level of this hormone were seven times less likely to drink the sugar or alcohol spiced water.
Our livers produce this hormone because of the carbohydrates levels in our bloodstream. Besides regulating sugar and alcohol levels, the hormone also plays an important part in the way our organism stores fat, meaning it actually dictates the best way our body can store fat.
If a vaccine containing the FGF21 hormone would be created, once injected the substance would signal the brain to suppress any cravings for alcoholic beverages or sugar treats while also guiding our bodes towards a better way of storing fat.
All in all, if after further research the hormone is proven to be viable as a treatment for diabetes or alcohol addiction and it is approved by the FDA, many people with these conditions will find it easier to fight against them and lead a better life.
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