Why Narcoleptics Get Fat – ScienceNewsline

A deficiency of Orexin, a neuropeptide hormone, an ingredient that encourages hunger and wakefulness, may leave narcoleptics with a lack of energy-burning brown fat. Narcoleptics are excessively sleepy and prone to gaining weight, irrelevant of the amount of food they consume. Orexins allow us to eat more and lose more at the same time, according to Devanjan Sikder of the Sanford-Burnham Research Institute.

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It’s assumed that more brown fat is produced when you spend a lot of time in the cold. White fat stores calories , brown fat burns them, generating heat in the process. Orexin-deficient people with narcolepsy should be examined to find out whether their brown fat activity is compromised.

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