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Chronic Cocaine Use and Weight Gain During Recovery

New research from the University of Cambridge suggests that chronic cocaine use may impact the body’s ability to store fat. Contrary to the widely held assumption that cocaine suppresses appetite and leads to weight loss, the study reveals a different mechanism.

These Are The Key findings:

  • Cocaine users often prefer fatty foods and carbohydrates.
  • Despite their fatty diets, cocaine users experience weight loss and reduced body fat compared to non-users.
  • Low levels of the hormone leptin in cocaine users are associated with stimulant use duration.
  • Overeating in regular cocaine users occurs before recovery, masked by a lack of weight gain.
  • When cocaine users stop using the drug but continue their high-fat diets, they gain weight.

Understanding these metabolic changes is crucial for effective treatment and supporting individuals in recovery. The study sheds light on the complex relationship between cocaine, eating behavior, and body weight.

Professor Hugh Perry, who funded the study, emphasizes the importance of credible scientific data in dispelling misconceptions and aiding long-term understanding of cocaine dependency.

Remember that addressing weight gain during recovery can significantly impact an individual’s well-being and chances of successful rehabilitation. 🌟

  • Original research by Dr. Karen Ersche and colleagues at the University of Cambridge. : Professor Hugh Perry, Chair of the Neurosciences and Mental Health Board at the Medical Research Council.

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