New research has identified the specific brain cells that control how much sugar you eat and how much you crave sweet tasting food.
Most people enjoy a sweet treat every now and then. But an unchecked “sweet tooth” can lead to over-consumption of sugary foods and chronic health issues like obesity and type 2 diabetes. Understanding the biological mechanisms that control sugar intake and preference for sweet taste could have important implications for managing and preventing these health problems.
Several drugs based on a modified form of FGF21 are already being tested as treatments for obesity and diabetes. The new findings could potentially lead to new drugs that more precisely target the different behaviors controlled by FGF21, which might help to control how much sugar a person eats.