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Addicted to ... Food?

Addicted to ... Food? | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

A study of 12 men found that glycemic load—distinct from calories or sweetness—can alter brain function and promote overeating. Is there such a thing as food addiction? A study using brain imaging suggests that high-glycemic foods may trigger the same brain mechanism as substance abuse.

Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

The benefit of the diets which reduce sugar and carbohydrates such as Glycemic Index, Atkins, South Beach, Belly Fat Cure are in part due to the reduced sugar effect on the brain.

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This study narrows the difference to one variable only—the glycemic load—and indicates that this factor, distinct from calories or sweetness, can alter brain function and promote overeating. “These findings suggest that limiting high-glycemic index carbohydrates like white bread and potatoes could help obese individuals reduce cravings and control the urge to overeat,

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RISE - The Multi-Media Magazine's curator insight, July 22, 2013 9:35 AM

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shelbylaneMD's curator insight, August 18, 2013 11:53 AM

Addiction and dopamine.  "these foods contain chemical compounds that stimulate the brain's secretion of opiate-like, "feel-good" chemicals like dopamine, which drive our cravings for them....."

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Vaccine Shows Promise for Nicotine Addiction (in mice)

Vaccine Shows Promise for Nicotine Addiction (in mice) | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Take Home message:  Smoking addiction is very difficult to overcome for many patients.  Our most effective strategy currently is a combination of Chantix with counseling.  A life time strategy of vacciantion is attractive, but would need very long term data on overall safety but especially psychiatric safety for it to win my confidence for my patients.

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Teen Smoking Keeps Falling

Teen Smoking Keeps Falling | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it
Cigarette use among U.S. teenagers fell to historic lows and a four-year rise in marijuana use appears to have leveled off, according to a national study.

 

The annual report, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and conducted by the University of Michigan, found the number of teenagers who reported smoking cigarettes in the prior 30 days fell to 10.6% this year from 11.7% in 2011, the lowest level recorded since the survey began in 1975

Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

This is a good trend but it still means 1 in 10 teens is smoking and since they are starting as teens the number of accumulated years of smoking as they reach middle age will be substantial and have a significant impact on hazard for cardiovascular disease and cancer.

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