Sunday, March 04, 2012

The role of the brain in obesity

Researchers from the French Inserm institute have tested young mice with a diet rich in sugar and fat… And guess what? This diet completely modified their enteric nervous system (ENS).

In addition to our “principal” brain, protected by the skull, our organism is helped by a “second” brain: a group of nearly 100 million neurons lodged in the digestive tube – the enteric nervous system (ENS). And its main job? To regulate digestive function, such as gastric drainage, colonic transit, absorption of nutrients and the regulation of food intake...

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