Re­search Re­sults Not to Be Sniffed At

Moose Jaw - - TV Guide Express - By Dr. Steven Hei­dinger, Moose Jaw Chi­ro­prac­tor

I ex­er­cise at a gym that shares the same build­ing as a gro­cery store. The store is closed at the time I choose to work­out, how­ever when the wind is right, the glo­ri­ous smell of fresh baked bread in­di­cates that the bak­ery staff is in full force. It is a good thing that the store is closed, oth­er­wise, an oc­ca­sional de­tour may oc­cur be­tween the park­ing lot and the gym doors. In­stead, I guess I can be thank­ful that I am fill­ing my nose with a won­der­ful aroma rather than my belly with un­needed calo­ries. You can’t gain weight just from en­joy­ing the smell of bak­ing! Right? Well…You can file this ar­ti­cle un­der “Y”, for “You’ve got to be kid­ding me!” While brows­ing through some re­cent health ar­ti­cles, I came across some in­ter­est­ing re­search that may re­sult in a weight loss craze that in­volves a sim­ple clothes­pin. Re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berkley per­formed ex­per­i­ments on mice that may in­di­cate that smelling your food may cause you to gain weight. Their re­search, pub­lished in the June 2017 edi­tion of Cell Me­tab­o­lism, re­vealed that elim­i­nat­ing the sense of smell in mice ac­tu­ally lead to their weight loss. In the study, the smell-de­fi­cient mice ate just as much food as the ones with their sense of smell in­tact. Ap­par­ently, the sense of smell af­fects our me­tab­o­lism more than it was thought to. The mice that could not smell also im­proved their in­sulin sen­si­tiv­ity. They were on the road to be­com­ing di­a­betic as they were de­vel­op­ing glu­cose in­tol­er­ance. Get­ting rid of their abil­ity to smell not only lead to weight loss but also helped them bet­ter man­age their su­gar and in­sulin lev­els.

An­tic­i­pat­ing food, through smell, sight and even thought is enough to stim­u­late the in­sulin re­sponse. It is the body’s way of get­ting ready for the food that is to come.

What is the value in gain­ing this sort of knowl­edge? Does it mean obe­sity may be treated by re­mov­ing al­most ev­ery one of our senses? All of the senses that give us plea­sure when it comes to food?

I don’t think we have to go that far. Maybe fu­ture obe­sity treat­ment will in­volve dead­en­ing the sense of smell for short pe­ri­ods of time. If it works for mice, maybe it will work for hu­mans.

What I took away from this ar­ti­cle was the fact that the body re­acts to food well be­fore it hits the stom­ach. We think about food…in­sulin. We smell food… in­sulin. We see food…in­sulin. We taste food….in­sulin. The in­sulin re­sponse, while nec­es­sary to process foods, can be­come a prob­lem if it oc­curs too much and too of­ten. This is how di­a­betes even­tu­ally oc­curs. Too much in­sulin re­sponse and too of­ten. Maybe food has be­come too much a part of our lives over and above what it is in­tended to be, which is for sus­te­nance only; food for fuel, as they say. So­cial me­dia is full of tasty look­ing recipes. Tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials ad­ver­tise tan­ta­liz­ing foods. For the sake of my waist­line it may be time I shut all th­ese things off. Maybe I need to change where I work out. All food for thought (pun in­tended).

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