Fat's 'master switch found

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    Fat's 'master switch' found -- could we turn it off? - Health - Diabetes - msnbc.com

    LONDON — Scientists have found that a gene linked to diabetes and cholesterol is a "master switch" that controls other genes found in fat in the body, and say it should help in the search for treatments for obesity-related diseases.

    In a study published in the journal Nature Genetics, the British researchers said that since fat plays an important role in peoples' susceptibility to metabolic diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes, the regulating gene could be target for drugs to treat such illnesses.

    "This is the first major study that shows how small changes in one master regulator gene can cause a cascade of other metabolic effects in other genes," said Tim Spector of King's College London, who led the study.

    More than half a billion people, or one in 10 adults worldwide, are obese and the numbers have doubled since the 1980s as the obesity epidemic has spilled over from wealthy into poorer nations.

    In the United States, obesity-related diseases already account for nearly 10 percent of medical spending -- an estimated $147 billion a year.

    Type 2 diabetes, which is often linked to poor diet and lack of exercise, is also reaching epidemic levels worldwide as rates of obesity rise.



    :evil: All those years of diet and exercise for nuthin! :evil:
     
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    Everyone has a fat "master switch", it's called your mouth. Instead of leaving it on all the time try turning it off for a while and see what happens.
     
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    Soon enough we won't have to be responsible for our eating habbits.

    Now if they could only find the execise switch so I can stop doing that also.
     
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    Granny keeps tellin' Uncle Ferd dem Twinkies he snackin' on gonna make him fat like his g/f's an' give him the diabetes...
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    High-fat diet can trigger Type 2 diabetes...
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    Fat 'disrupts sugar sensors causing type 2 diabetes'
    14 August 2011 - US researchers say they have identified how a high-fat diet can trigger type 2 diabetes, in experiments on mice and human tissue.

     
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    Uncle Ferd startin' to put on weight, Granny says he catchin' it from his fat g/f's...
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    25 August 2011 - Why the world is putting on weight
     

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