Irregular External Gastric Stimulation is Associated with Suppression of Serum Ghrelin Levels and Prolonged Decrease in Weight: A Novel Method for Sustaining Weight LossKhoury T, Elbaz A, Rotnemer-Golinkin D, Shabat Y, Zolotarovya L and Ilan Y*
Gastroenterology and Liver Units, Department of Medicine, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
- *Corresponding Author:
- Yaron Ilan, MD
Gastroenterology and Liver Units
Department of Medicine
Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center
Jerusalem, POB 1200, IL-91120, Israel
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: October 21, 2016; Accepted date: December 03, 2016;; Published date: December 06, 2016
Citation: Khoury T, Elbaz A, Rotnemer-Golinkin D, Shabat Y, Zolotarovya L, et al. (2016) Irregular External Gastric Stimulation is Associated with Suppression of Serum Ghrelin Levels and Prolonged Decrease in Weight: A Novel Method for Sustaining Weight Loss. J Obes Weight Loss Ther 6:327. doi:10.4172/2165-7904.1000327
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Introduction: Weight regain is a major obstacle for most dietary procedures. Gastric stimulation has been shown to affect hormone levels.
Aim: The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of irregular external gastric stimulation on longterm weight reduction.
Methods: External gastric stimulation was performed by holding a rotator device on the abdomen of mice for 5 minutes in a regular or irregular manner. Mice were assessed for body weight and serum ghrelin levels. Results: External gastric stimulation was associated with a significant decrease in serum ghrelin levels. Irregular external gastric stimulation was associated with a prolonged effect on body weight reduction compared with regular stimulation. By the end of week 5, the body weight of untreated control mice had increased compared with a slight weight increase in mice treated with regular stimulation, while there was a significant continued decrease in the body weight of mice treated with irregular stimulation.
Conclusions: Irregular gastric stimulation is associated with a prolonged effect on weight loss and provides a method for overcoming the brain-gut axis accommodation of weight loss.