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Sugar, Hormones and Addiction

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Start Date: 30 April 2020

End Date: 30 April 2020

Duration 1 hour

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