Research scientists in Philadelphia have identified 2 ‘detectors’ in the tongue that help the body identify sweet food. It was previously thought that these receptors were only based in the gut and pancreas, where they are responsible for monitoring glucose in the blood and releasing insulin. However, their discovery in the tongue forces scientists to consider new options to managing over-consumption of calorific sweet food.
Further research and learning about these receptor systems could take us closer to breakthroughs in limiting intake of the wrong foods, such as dieting medication targeted at sweet foods.
This research has so far been carried out on mouse cells, so we are a long way from discovering a cure for sugar cravings or chocolate addiction in humans.
In the meantime those looking to lose weight are left with the more traditional options of diet and exercise. Where this has failed, weight loss surgery such as the gastric band is an effective option.
The Hospital Group offer a range of weight loss surgery procedures, including gastric bypass, balloon and sleeve in addition to the popular gastric band.
David Ross, Chief executive of The Hospital Group, which has 20+ clinics across the UK said: “Many overweight people struggle with their food intake and addiction to cakes, biscuits or chocolate often accounts for a significant part of over eating.
“It can be a daily battle to try and stick to a diet and this can often cause people to binge eat and then feel bad when they don’t reach their goals or targets.
“Being overweight can have a huge impact on your life affecting every aspect of it. Your health can suffer health as a result but it can also impact a person’s confidence and self esteem which can cause their social life to suffer too.
“Bariatric surgery can change a person’s life for the better giving them back their health and also restoring their confidence.
“At The Hospital group our specialists bariatric consultants ensure that, as well as having an absolute need for a procedure, the patient understands every aspect of their diet and healthy regime after it. A bariatric procedure generally works by reducing a patient’s appetite, but they would need to work with it to achieve the healthier lifestyle and lower weight they desire.”