“While methamphetamine exposure has a lot of other toxic effects that also undermine an animal’s health, we show that meth exposure leads to anorexia, and the resulting caloric deficit exhausts the animal’s metabolic reserves. This is likely a primary factor in meth-induced mortality.”
~Kent Walters, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois
A recent study highlights the effects of methamphetamine on an organism’s physical activity, eating habits, respiration rates, and energy reserves. The findings suggest that meth disrupts the user’s metabolism, interfering with the process that transforms food into energy.
Methamphetamine use results in:
- Doubled physical activity
- Up to 80% less food consumption
- Decreased stores of triglycerides and glycogens, the body’s energy reserves
- A slowed metabolism
Because the user is burning more calories than they are consuming, they are, in effect, starving.
In laboratory tests on fruit flies serving as analogues for humans, it was discovered that adding sugar to the flies’ diet caused them to decline and die at a slower rate. Although the precise mechanism of why this is so remains unknown, it may explain why humans who use meth often crave sugary foods and drinks.
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