Sugar, Hormones and Addiction
Dr Robert Lustig
is a Professor emeritus of Paediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he specialized in neuroendocrinology and childhood obesity.
He is also a bestselling author of books including 'Fat Chance', 'Sugar has 56 Names', and 'The Hacking of the American Mind', and has just released a new book called 'Metabolical'.
In this video, Dr Lustig addresses the thorny question of whether and how sugar may be ‘addictive’:
From this accessible but in-depth presentation, listeners will gain an understanding of:
- How the brain’s ‘reward system’ reacts to dietary sugar
- The roles of the key hormones leptin and insulin in weight gain
- How neuroendocrinology (brain hormones) can influence energy balance – i.e. the balance between ‘calories in, and calories out’
- How chronic hyperinsulinemia promotes metabolic problems, including obesity