Can a Magnet Help You Lose Weight?
According to a new study, it can. A noninvasive electromagnetic brain stimulation technique, called Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), is capable of changing the composition of the bacteria in the gut. This technique has been found to reduce food cravings and induce weight loss in obese people. The process involves placing an electromagnetic coil on the scalp which sends magnetic pulses to specific regions of the brain. Scientists have discovered that one underlying cause of obesity is an imbalance of the digestive track’s microorganisms. This improper mix of beneficial and harmful bacteria is known to impair the brain’s signals for hunger and satiety. This electromagnetic brain stimulation can potentially solve this imbalance.
In a study funded by the Italian Ministry of Health, 14 obese individuals were assigned to be a part of either an experimental group or a control group. The experimental group received 15 dTMS treatments over a five-week period, while the control group received 15 sham stimulations over the same five-week period. After the experiment had ended, those receiving dTMS treatments lost more than 3% of their body weight and more than 4% of their fat. Also, an analysis of their fecal matter showed a significant increase of beneficial bacteria with anti-inflammatory properties. These changes in bacterial species correlated with improved metabolic and hormonal measures such as glucose, insulin, and many pituitary hormones. The control group showed no changes in their microbiota composition nor any changes in their weight or fat percentages.
Does this mean that all it takes to lose a few pounds is sending magnetic pulses to the deep regions of your brain? With the help of dTMS, maybe. Once the results of this study are presented this Sunday at ENDO 2017, I’m sure additional research into deep transcranial magnetic stimulation to solve the obesity epidemic will take off.
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