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A Pill to Treat Sugar Addiction

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Drugs used to treat nicotine addiction could also be used to treat sugar addiction, according to research from Queensland University of Technology.

“The latest World Health Organisation figures tell us 1.9 billion people worldwide are overweight, with 600 million considered obese,” said Prof Selena Bartlett of QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, who is corresponding author of the study published in PLOS ONE (http://tinyurl.com/jmolxof).

“Excess sugar consumption has been proven to contribute directly to weight gain,” Bartlett said. “It has also been shown to repeatedly elevate dopamine levels, which control the brain’s reward and pleasure centres in a way that is similar to many drugs of abuse, including tobacco, cocaine and morphine.

“After long-term consumption, this leads to the opposite: a reduction in dopamine levels. This leads to...

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