Scientists from the University of Manchester found that weight loss plays an important role in the struggle of the human body with various intestinal parasites. As it turned out, the thinner person activates the immune system and defense mechanisms that help get rid of worms.
The study results were published in the journal PLOS Pathogens. The study found that more than 25 percent of the world's population is infected with intestinal parasites. This infection is very common, and often causes problems associated with loss of appetite and, respectively, and weight.
Scientists conducted a study on mice. They have thoroughly studied the reaction of the immune system of rodents infected with intestinal parasites. During infection, the immune system of mice produced hormone, cholecystokinin, which is "responsible" for the amount of food. It was found that infection with intestinal parasites provoked the appearance of increased concentrations of this hormone, which, in turn, has led to an increase in leptin - a hormone that is produced to reduce feelings of hunger.
Scientific experiment proved that the process of weight reduction, which is controlled by the immune system, helps the body in eliminating the infection. This gives scientists hope to develop new methods of treatment for people who suffer from intestinal and stomach parasites.