glucostatic theory

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A homeostatic theory of hunger, according to which the brain monitors the difference between the levels of glucose in the arteries and veins as an index of the rate of glucose removal from the blood. A low rate, which indicates that the blood glucose level is low and is probably being replenished by glucose derived from body fat, stimulates hunger and eating behaviour. Compare lipostatic theory. [From glucose + Greek statikos bringing to a standstill, from histanai to cause to stand or to weigh in a balance + -ikos of, resembling, or characterized by]

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