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Liver Hormone not a Stressful Day Responsible for Sweet Tooth, Suggests Recent Study

By Dipannita | May 04, 2017 06:18 AM EDT

According to recent study, it has been suggested that it is the hormone, FGF21, which is secreted in the liver that encourages or helps a person to resist temptations of sugary treats like chocolate. The study was conducted at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, at the University of Copenhagen and was led by Matthew Gillum and Niels Grarup.

Study suggests that it is the hormone, FGF21, which is secreted in the liver, after the consumption of sugary treats that determines whether a person has a sweet tooth or not. The Times UK reported that if this particular hormone is secreted in large quantities in the liver, after the consumption of sweets, the person is able to resist the temptations of indulging in sugary foods. However, if for any person the hormone is secreted in lower quantities, they generally find it difficult to resist a box of chocolates, only to feel guilty after having finished it entirely.

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As a part of the study that was conducted at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, the lifestyle and metabolic health of 6500 Danish individuals were closely studied. And, the relationship between hormones and sweet tooth was established, Phys. Org learned. The study claimed that a particular variant of the hormone, FGF21, makes a person about 20 percent more likely to consume higher quantities of sugary treats like sweets, candies, chocolates, ice creams as well as gumdrops in comparison with others.

Moreover, the study also throws light on the role of liver in controlling what a person eats. Researchers feel that the liver could have a bigger role in the food choices that a person makes and also the quantity of food that a person eats.

However, Matthew Gillum and Niels Grarup want to do the research on a larger number of individuals, to better understand the behavior of the hormone, FGF21. This will also help them check the hormone's relation with type 2 diabetes and also obesity.

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