What is ghrelin?

Mr. Eliot LeBow, CDE, LCSW
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism

Ghrelin is a hormone that gets released by the stomach to communicate the message to the brain that it is time to eat. At that point, the hypothalamus section of the brain releases neuropeptides, which trigger hunger. This part of hunger is a type of biochemical reaction that allows a person to desire or crave for food. 

Marjorie Nolan Cohn
Nutrition & Dietetics

Ghrelin is your primary hunger hormone. It is released from your stomach lining when you are hungry. It then circulates through your blood to your brain to alert you to your physical hunger. It has many functions throughout your body besides hunger. It also functions within the pleasure/reward center of the brain, plays a role in memory formation, immune function, and even sleep.

Ghrelin is a hormone that tells your brain that you're hungry. When you don't sleep well, more of this hormone is produced, causing your brain to keep getting the message that you need to eat. That's why researchers link obesity to sleep deficiency

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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