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The hormone kissing defeating anorexia?

May 21st 2014 at 9:38 PM

A hormone released by the kiss could help treat anorexia.

Oxytocin reduces unhealthy obsessions in patients with food and their body weight, while making them less adherent to the destructive habits, the researchers found.

A spray with this chemical could be used as a treatment in two or three years from now, if there are positive results from other more extensive studies. Experts hope that the new spray will help patients with anorexia to understand the need to eat more, increasing the possibility of recovery.

Currently there are no drugs to treat this disorder threatening the lives of patients who are trying to be as thin as possible, drastically reducing food intake and making excessive exercise.

In more severe cases, exhortations and advice more often have little benefit, because the brain is malnourished. British and South Korean scientists in their effort to find an effective treatment, tested oxytocin, which is a hormone released during sex, childbirth and breastfeeding.

The hormone kissing defeating anorexia?
In the study, experts issued in 31 patients with anorexia and 33 healthy subjects oxytocin in a nasal spray or placebo spray.

Then the volunteers were asked to watch a series of pictures with a few foods or high calorie and human bodies

, normal and overweight. The researchers found, that patients with anorexia had taken oxytocin exhibited fewer negative reactions to photos of foods that were high in calories and bodies were overweight. The research was published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.

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