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Brain's Response to Food Altered by GLP-1 Receptor Agonists

At the ADA 75th Scientific Sessions, researchers presented new research on how one class of diabetes medications alters the brain's response to food, €”possibly reducing cravings and increasing satisfaction while eating. Rhonda Anderson reports from Boston.

“This is the first study to demonstrate effects of GLP-1 receptor activation on brain fMRI responses during actual food consumption and during anticipation of actual food consumption,” said Liselotte van Bloemendaal, MD, who is with VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam.

“GLP-1 receptor agonists alter consummatory and anticipatory food reward via actions on the brain, which may contribute to treatment-related weight loss.”

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