The Mystery of Hunger
Renowned bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. has a fascinating possible solution to the issue of why we feel hungry even when we have consumed enough calories, an issue that has bedeviled all of us who have struggled with our weight. It comes down to one crucial question: what is ghrelin?
It turns out that the hormone ghrelin may be primarily responsible for stimulating the appetite. While that is a crucial function, in a world where calories are all too available to most of us, this hormone does its job more than a little too well. Studies suggest that production of the hormone actually increases when we lose weight and is no doubt largely responsible for the vicious cycle of unhealthy yo-yo dieting many of us experience.
The good news is that Dr. Feiz can help people with severe weight issues who have been unsuccessful in controlling their weight by getting to the root of the issue. While learning the ghrelin definition is interesting and important, the most crucial fact is that most of the body’s production of ghrelin seems to be centered in a portion of the stomach called the fundus. Most bariatric surgeries, such as the gastric sleeve procedure, remove this portion of the stomach and that may largely account for the significant reduction in appetite that Dr. Feiz’s patients experience.
Dr. Feiz is among the most highly regarded of all bariatric surgeons nationwide and he is ready to help people who have tried to deal with their significant weight issues through diet and exercise but without lasting success. To find out about a complimentary initial consultation at Dr. Feiz’s offices, please call us at 310-855-8058 or contact us online.