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Could Targeting Myelin Treat Binge Eating?

New research shows that it’s possible that a subset of genes may influence some addictions and eating disorders, Futurity reports. For example, binge-eating mice were found to have a gene associated with the disorder. Scientists said their findings gave them hope of possibly treating binge-eating by restoring myelin proteins in the brain.

That addictive behavior is linked to brain activity and binge-eating is not a new concept, as previous research suggests that consumption of sugar and sweets can trigger cravings similar to addictive drugs. Additionally, the overconsumption of sugar is increasingly being linked to brain-related health issues such as depression, learning disorders, memory problems and overeating.

When it comes to binge-eating, the dramatic effects of sugar on your brain may explain why you may have difficultly controlling your consumption of sugary foods when continuously exposed to them. Research with brain imaging also shows that food addiction is real — a serious concern, as it’s clear that the same pathological process that leads to insulin and leptin resistance, as well as type 2 diabetes, may also hold true for your brain.

If you struggle with food addiction, take heart: It is possible to tackle it and end it. The easiest start is to simply refuse to eat processed foods, 74 percent of which contain added sugars. I also believe that a low-carb, high-fat diet helps solve many health problems when you learn how to consume healthy fats with low net carbs and moderate amounts of protein to help you burn fat as your primary fuel.

Intermittent fasting will facilitate and speed up the process. Once your fat-burning ability has returned, (assuming you're still eating right), you only need to intermittently fast on a maintenance basis.
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