Many people have a difficult time trying to control their eating. Most people tend to overeat for a variety of reasons. While common, scientists have not been able to provide a lot of effective ways to help people control eating. One distinct reason may be due to the fact that most scientists have not been able to extensively understand the different triggers and the human processes that may be causing people to overeat. But the discovery of a gene that triggers fullness may just be able to help find a way on how to curb overeating.
Researchers from the University of Melbourne and the University of Copenhagen discovered a gene that can trigger fullness while studying roundworms. What makes the roundworm ideal for such experiments is that they share about 80 percent of their genes with humans. What genes that may be involved in the body processes of roundworms generally may also have similarities to that of human bodily processes. Not only that, the roundworm’s were also chosen because of their relatively simple brain processes. While this may differ from that of humans in terms of the number of synapses that occur in the human brain, the similarities between the roundworm genes and that of humans may be correlated. The gene in question was discovered to be affecting the signals from the brain to the intestines of roundworms. The same gene was also said to play a role in triggering the need to sleep after eating. Researchers have known that sleepiness may be induced once the body has stored enough fats.
Studies have determine that the said genes discovered in roundworms may have a human counterpart. So, it may be possible for researchers to find alternative methods of helping people stay slim. The findings may also help in the development of compounds that may help in reducing appetite. Findings of the research was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.