Less sleep leads to cardiovascular risk

Source: European Society of Cardiology Summary: According to research, Middle-aged men who sleep five hours or less per night have twice the risk of developing a major cardiovascular event during the following two decades than men who sleep seven to eight hours. Compared to those with normal sleep duration, menRead More →

Obesity

Source: Cell Press Summary: Researchers show that the reward center of the brain values foods high in both fat and carbohydrates i.e., many processed foods – more than foods containing only fat or only carbs. After the domestication of plants and animals and the development of grain and dairy production around 12,000Read More →

Obesity gene

Source: Imperial College London Summary: A gene previously linked with obesity has been found to affect how the body processes insulin, with potential implications for some forms of diabetes. More Information: Steven J. Millership et al, “Neuronatin regulates pancreatic β cell insulin content and secretion”, Journal of Clinical Investigation (2018). DOI: 10.1172/JCI120115   Read More →

Depends on brown fat

Source: Salk Institute Summary: Researchers have discovered how a special molecule gives “healthier” brown fat its energy-expending identity and offers a new therapeutic target for diseases related to obesity. Until about a decade ago, scientists thought that only babies who can’t yet shiver to warm up had brown fat in their bodies. StudiesRead More →

Weight Loss Surgery

Source: Brigham and Women’s Hospital Summary: In a randomized controlled clinical trial, researchers found that patients treated with a form of bariatric surgery known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass did significantly better. People with worrisome levels of obesity and poor control of their type 2 diabetes face two dramatically different options toRead More →

SNF-related serine/threonine-protein kinase

Source: Brown University Summary: Researchers have identified an enzyme that appears to regulate the physiology of both fat types in mice – decreasing inflammation in white fat tissue while promoting the ability of brown fat to burn calories. Two primary kinds of fat are found in the human body – white fat and brown fat. White fatRead More →

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