Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Hair Strands Act as Thermometer for Eating Disorders - Study

Next time you visit a doctor get ready for a surprise - doctors check your hair strand instead of your pulse!!!Yes,a recent study by a team of researchers at Brigham Young University proved that hair strands reveal evidence of a person's diet and can help doctors diagnose eating disorders.

Health experts can determine whether someone is suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa(loss of appetite), a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.

The lead author and an assistant professor of integrative biology at Utah’s BYU, Kent Hatch said hair acts like a "tape recorder." Just as it can be used to determine if someone has consumed drugs or has been exposed to excessive amounts of mercury and lead, hair can reveal what someone has been eating, Hatch said. "Your body records your eating habits in the hair. So, we can use that to tell the nutritional health of an individual," he asserted.




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