Freezing The ‘Hunger Nerve’ Could Be Key To More Permanent Weight Loss, Study Suggests

Freezing The 'Hunger Nerve' Could Be Key To More Permanent Weight Loss, Study Suggests

Researchers might have come up with a way to keep people from regaining the weight they had previously lost — freezing a part of the nervous system informally known as the “hunger nerve.”

As explained by ABC News, the nerve in question is officially known as the posterior vagal trunk, and it is a branch of the larger vagus nerve. Although it is also known to work on the heart and the lungs, it gets its “hunger nerve” nickname because it sends signals to the brain whenever a person is hungry. Keeping this capability in mind, a team of researchers from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta focused on the posterior vagal trunk, in hopes of coming up with ways for people to reduce their weight and not regain whatever pounds they may have lost.

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