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Food as a Bariatric Drug.
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PMID:  21492082     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
As obesity, type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and the metabolic syndrome sweep across the research and the clinical landscape of medical care, effective pharmacologic remedies for the treatment of obesity have become imperative. The complexities of nutrient impact on neurotransmitter and endocrine modulating chemistry have become increasingly better characterized as have the basic neurochemical pathways that mediate their effects. Food addiction has emerged as an important phenomenon that may help to explain and improve our capabilities of rendering bench lab research into impactful clinical intervention. Against this challenging backdrop of current research and study we introduce the notion that food may in fact, itself, represent a type of drug. In this review chapter on food as a drug, we outline some of the emerging science that argues how proteins, carbohydrates and fats operating on three basic levels of organismic functioning may constitute the most powerful drugs we have available to effectuate weight loss or weight gain over time. In addition, certain foods may not only be more addictive than others, but may actually have a direct effect on pro-inflammatory mediators that determine both metabolic dysfunction as well as overall neuropsychiatric function and well-being.
Richard L Shriner
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-15
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Title:  Current pharmaceutical design     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-4286     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
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Created Date:  2011-4-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9602487     Medline TA:  Curr Pharm Des     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL, USA.
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