An explanation of blood sugar

By Alina Bradford Blood sugar, or glucose, is the main sugar found in blood. The body gets glucose from the food we eat. This sugar is an important source of energy and provides nutrients to the body’s organs, muscles and nervous system. The absorption, storage and production of glucose is regulated constantly by complex processesContinue reading “An explanation of blood sugar”

Liver hormone discovered to drive sugar consumption

A recent study has shown that fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), a liver-generated hormone, suppresses the FGF21 is produced in response to high carbohydrate levels, in which it enters the bloodstream and signals the brain to suppress the preference for sweets. Matthew Potthoff, assistant professor of pharmacology in the University of Iowa Carver College ofContinue reading “Liver hormone discovered to drive sugar consumption”

New research shows that high salt diet suppresses weight gain in mice on a high fat diet

Dr. Justin Grobe, PhD Dr. Michael Lutter, MD PhD In a study that seems to defy conventional dietary wisdom, University of Iowa scientists have found that adding high salt to a high-fat diet actually prevents weight gain in mice. As exciting as this may sound to fast food lovers, the researchers caution that very highContinue reading “New research shows that high salt diet suppresses weight gain in mice on a high fat diet”