Lateral hypothalamus

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Brain: Lateral hypothalamus
Lateral hypothalamus is 'LT', at right, in yellow.
NeuroNames hier-409
MeSH Lateral+Hypothalamic+Area

The Lateral hypothalamus or lateral hypothalamic area is a part of the hypothalamus.

It is concerned with hunger. Damage to this can cause reduced food intake.


The glucostatic explanation is based on the homeostatic theory which indicates that the body has balanced states of equilibrium for each system. When out of balance, the body will be pushed to restore balance. Therefore, when the blood sugar level drops, the glucostatic receptors in the blood take a message to the lateral hypothalamus, which is the feeding center of the brain. This causes certain neurons in the brain to fire in unison, creating the sensation of hunger. Now the person wants to eat.

When the glucose level increases because the person is eating or has eaten, the glucostatic receptors in the blood then send a message to the Ventro-medial Hypothalamus (the satiety or satisfaction center) and the sensation of fullness occurs.

Lateral zone of hypothalamus

The "lateral zone of hypothalamus" is a similarly named compound structure, consisting of the following two structures:[1][2]

preoptic nuclei as well as the supraoptic and tuberal nuclei and the nuclei of the mammillary body