There is some interesting research going on at the University of Missouri about high protein breakfasts that actually delivers a profound message for a reason to use the medication Cycloset. Researchers found that eating breakfast, particularly meals rich in protein, increases young adults’ levels of dopamine which may reduce food cravings and overeating later in the day. Understanding the brain chemical and its role in food cravings could lead to improvements in obesity prevention and treatment.
Heather Leidy, an assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at MU, found that eating initiates a release of dopamine, which stimulates feelings of food reward. The reward response is an important part of eating because it helps to regulate food intake.
"Dopamine levels are blunted in individuals who are overweight or obese, which means that it takes much more stimulation – or food – to elicit feelings of reward; we saw similar responses within breakfast-skippers," Leidy said. "To counteract the tendencies to overeat and to prevent weight gain that occurs as a result of overeating we tried to identify dietary behaviors that provide these feelings of reward while reducing cravings for high-fat foods. Eating breakfast, particularly a breakfast high in protein, seems to do that." If you would like to learn more about using Cycloset to increase dopamine levels, check out this set of our Homerun Slides, Cycloset and the Biological Clock and Szilard Voros, MD: Is Cycloset under-appreciated for CV benefits?
Dopamine levels can also play a big part in brain health and exercise is a way to increase these levels. This week, Dr. Sheri Colberg is back with the next part of her series, Why Daily Movement Improves Your Brain Health (Part 2): Brain Hormone Changes.
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