Lateral Hypothalamus

The Lateral Hypothalamus is a part of the hypothalamus gland and is the portion that controls hunger. Research has shown that damage to this area can cause reduced food intake, presumably through loss of appetite, and that stimulation of this area can increase appetite. Studies indicate that the lateral hypothalamus influences glucose (blood sugar) metabolism and through the body's inclination towards homeostasis (balance) can increase or decrease blood sugar levels through insulin secretion to increase or decrease appetite.

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