Thursday, March 13, 2014

‘Love hormone’- New treatment for anorexia

As per the research conducted by British scientists along with Korean scientists stated that, Oxytocin, also called as the ‘love hormone’ can be prospective new treatment for curing anorexia nervosa. The research further proposed that oxytocin helps change anorexic patients' behaviors to grip on the images of high calorie foods, and the body shape. The findings also worked on the lines those oxytocin changes patients' responses from angry and disgusted faces. The Oxytocin is a hormone that is released during the bonding, including sex, childbirth and breastfeeding. As a product it is used for treating psychiatric disorders, and shown benefits for lowering social anxiety in people suffering with autism. The senior authors, Professor Janet Treasure from King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry explains, “Patients with anorexia have a range of social difficulties which often start in their early teenage years, before the onset of the illness. These social problems, which can result in isolation, may be important in understanding both the onset and maintenance of anorexia.”

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