Cocaine use leads to weight loss

Here’s hoping weight loss extremes don’t get this extreme…


Recent evidence contradicts widely held assumptions that cocaine use leads to weight loss by suppressing an individual’s appetite. Instead, research has found that metabolic alterations reduce the body’s ability to store fat.

The study found that cocaine users ate more fat and carbs and had uncontrollable patterns of eating. They also had low levels of leptin (the “stop hormone” that signals to your body to stop eating) but still experienced significant weight loss.

The dramatic weight gain during recovery was previously believed to be caused by patients substituting drugs for food, but this can now be explained by the metabolic adaptations caused by cocaine use cessation. This study has vital consequences as weight gain post cessation is a distressing phenomenon that has both psychological and physiological implications. These side effects can lead to relapse as they can be a source of major personal suffering by negatively impacting on an individual’s health and recovery.

If the side effects of cocaine cessation can be controlled, then recovery chances can increase and relapsing chances can decrease.

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