New research unveils deeper understanding of body fat

Scientists have recently discovered why some people are apple shaped and others pear shaped.


The optimum body shape is pear as opposed to apple. (Photo accreditation: yahoo.net)

University of Edinburgh researchers have defined one particular protein that plays a crucial part in determining how fat is stored and distributed in the body. By obtaining a greater understanding of how this protein works, medicines can be developed to treat obesity.

Dr Nicholas Morton, from the University’s Centre for cardiovascular research said “this study opens up new avenues for research, and gives us a much better idea of why some fat in the body becomes unhealthy while other fat is safely stored for energy”. [Read more...]

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