I think (about dessert), therefore I am (taking up sugar)

December 7th, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  4 Comments

Even the anticipation of sweets may cause our muscles to start taking up more blood sugar, say researchers reporting in the December issue of Cell Metabolism. That message is delivered via neurons in the brain’s hypothalamus containing the chemical known as orexin and the sympathetic nervous system, the studies in mice and rats suggest.

Press release


  1. Allie says:

    December 7th, 2009at 10:19 am(#)

    That’s disturbing. I always suspected that just thinking about creme brulee made the seat of my pants tighter. Now I’ve been scientifically validated.

  2. Alicia says:

    December 7th, 2009at 10:46 am(#)

    …thus inspiring a new wave of Cartesian diets! Think about chicken breasts and cottage cheese, and feel your muscles bulge!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    December 7th, 2009at 1:16 pm(#)

    Paired with the Hobbesian exercise program, where all the workouts are nasty, brutish, and short.

  4. Great links for the weekend! says:

    January 22nd, 2010at 3:56 pm(#)

    […] Our bodies constantly amaze me with their precision scientific engineering.  For starters, gargling glucose can improve your exercise performance.  If that isn’t crazy enough, thinking about sweets can cause you to start taking up more blood sugar. […]

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