The Hormonal Key to Appetite
Have you ever finished a large, high calorie meal and found yourself still hungry for no good reason? It might felt as if your brain was telling you “you’ve had plenty” even as your stomach was telling you, “feed me!” Well, in a sense, that’s exactly what was happening; the good news is that famed bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. has a solution.
It seems that ghrelin, a hormone produced in a section of the stomach called the fundus, is responsible for our often seemingly irresistible cravings for food. While some production of this hormone might have been a good thing in the past when food was often scarce and opportunities for exercise were plentiful, the body has become a little too good at manufacturing this substance. Worse, there is reason to believe that when we successfully lose even a fairly small amount of weight thanks to a reduced calorie diet and exercise, the ghrelin hormone actually increases in the body. The result is the seemingly inevitable “yo-yo” effect where temporarily successful dieters regain their weight because of ever more irresistible urges to eat.
Dr. Michael Feiz is one of the nation’s most renowned bariatric surgeons and an acknowledged master of such procedures as the vertical sleeve gastrectomy. There is a growing body of evidence to indicate that levels of hormonal hunger after a gastric sleeve procedure drop very dramatically. The reason is simply that the operation removes the fundus, along with 75-85% percent of the stomach as a whole.
Dr. Feiz has seen an increasingly reliable pattern of success performing this operation. To find out if you are a candidate, please call his office at 310-855-8058 or contact us online.