Ghrelin, The Hunger Hormone

March 17, 2011

There is one often overlooked benefit of gastric sleeve surgery – the reduction of a hunger producing hormone called ghrelin. When the lower portion of the stomach is separated from the rest during the procedure, production of a hormone called ghrelin is significantly reduced. This leads to fewer hunger pangs between meals and can, in many cases, decrease the amount of food a gastric bypass patient will eat.

The ghrelin produced in the stomach sends signals to the brain, telling us that we are hungry. This of course can lead to excess body weight and even obesity in certain circumstances. Ghrelin can also cause additional body fat to accumulate in the abdominal area according to a study from the University Hospital of Navarra. Abdominal fat is the most dangerous kind and is a leading contributor to heart disease as well as type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol in obese patients.

While the discovery of this hormone and its uses is relatively new, it is becoming a very important part in understanding why gastric bypass is so successful.

Currently gastric bypass patients can enjoy excess weight loss of up to 85% and almost universal improvement or elimination of diseases associated with obesity. The National Institutes of Health guidelines stipulate that patients with a Body Mass Index of 40 or over (or 35 or over with obesity related diseases) can qualify for gastric bypass and weight loss surgery.

For a more detailed explanation of the benefits of gastric bypass surgery and to start the process toward weight loss surgery, please attend one of our free weight loss seminars.

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