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Ask anyone who has tried on that dress or those trousers only to find that they no longer fit and immediately they go on the defensive – “must have shrunk in the wash!” People simply don’t want to admit that they put weight on, that the increasing levels of sedentary occupations and hours in front of the TV are related to the lack of clothes that fit. Mind you the retail sector is rubbing its hands with glee – clothes that don’t fit mean more spent on new ones.

But is the culprit our own lack of self-control, does our desire for ‘feeling satisfied’ drive us to eat more? A paper published by The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) suggested that help may be more readily at hand than we first imagined – but don’t anticipate a miracle cure, like some gastric band without the discomfort! It seems that our bodies produce a hormone called oxytocin and that this naturally occurring substance can provide support in reducing our intake – it’s not, though, an appetite suppressant.

First some history: discovered in the very early 1900s – just over a hundred years ago, oxytocin is secreted by the pituitary gland and its name is derived from the Greek meaning ‘speedy birth’ – giving you a clue as to what it was initially identified for. Sir Henry Dale, who was awarded a Nobel Prize for his work, saw the hormone as a primary agent in the contracting of the uterus during childbirth and the stimulus for production of human milk. It stayed that way for some time, but, as years went by, more and more uses were found – among which were relationship building, enhanced feelings between partners, and the reduction of stress. All of which fall into the ‘warm and cuddly’ aspects of being human.

More recently, however, Morton and others at the University of Washington – Seattle came to a conclusion that oxytocin can also act as an inducer for weight loss and helps to control the balance of energy being expended in the body. They also suggested that oxytocin could be administered from outside the body in order to reduce food intake and to lower weight, provided that the dosage was strictly controlled.

What is clear is that there is a modicum of agreement between a number of scientists and academics as to the possibilities of oxytocin being capable of assisting with, but not being solely responsible for, weight loss in humans. Quite separate from the part it plays in labor to ease the passage of baby, coupled with the known effect of inducing and stimulating lactation, there is evidence that oxytocin might be an effective therapy in humans for weight loss.

The question is, though, if oxytocin occurs naturally, why doesn’t weight loss occur naturally, too? The answer lies, we suppose, in the fact that the levels of oxytocin differs from body to body and we react to the stimuli or inhibitors in different ways. So is there a way of administering the hormone externally?  Yes, a non-prescription supplement, Oxytocin Factor sublingual drops or nasal spray, is available.

Here is a treatment commonly available on prescription from your MD and which is a synthesized version of something we all produce naturally.  The two forms are not what could be classed as invasive or intravenous both being absorbed through mucus membranes into the bloodstream. The first is applied as a drop under the tongue where there is fast access to the membrane, the second is an inhalant and both treatments are absorbed into the system relatively quickly (just under a quarter of an hour is the norm) and the effects can last for several hours.

But we would counsel caution – this isn’t a ‘get slim quick’ program and needs to be entered into very carefully and only after consultation with your MD or a suitably qualified medical professional.

If you are clinically obese, then Oxytocin Factor on its own won’t shed the weight for you – there is no miracle cure that will ever reduce weight without willpower and personal action – the real answer lies in a combination of the therapy plus changes to eating and exercise regimes. To ensure that last year’s fashions still fit you, it will be necessary to modify your lifestyle – but oxytocin may be able to get you part of the way.

For more information contact Bryan Post, Managing Editor of Oxytocin Central info@oxytocincentral.com or call (405) 476-1983

 

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