A woman had a stroke and after she recovered she found she had lost the ability to feel hungry

Sep 25th

A stroke is a terrible medical emergency and its effects can be lifelong and brutal. But among the more odd consequences suffered by a stroke victim may be that of a Canadian woman who is now incapable of feeling hunger:

A 28-year-old Canadian woman had a stroke in a part of the brain known as the insular cortex—and after she recovered, she found she'd lost any sense of hunger.

She lost over 10 kilograms because she'd forget to eat...

Very rough stuff: "Being unable to feel hungry" isn't the sort of medical symptom you might imagine ever happening to yourself, but stop and think for a moment at how debilitating it could be.

Doctors reportedly discovered that

even with a lack of calories, the woman did not feel any physiological signals that it was time for her to eat, for example, a rumbling in her stomach. Despite the fact that the patient did not have problems with the sense of taste, smell and texture of food (only in the first two months she complained of a metallic aftertaste after eating any food), even her favorite foods and products, for example, chocolate.

Imagine just not ever feeling hungry. That's insane.


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