even after centuries of research into
the inner workings of the human body scientific minds continue to uncover new
discoveries about how we function even in present day the good news that comes
with is the fact that the more we learn about our own anatomy and genetic makeup
the more we can do to find ways in which to improve our overall quality of life
as a case in point what if we were to tell you that recent findings from a
research into human genetics have the potential to make huge leaps in helping
people who struggle with obesity if that sounds like a cause you can get behind
then take a seat as Bessie tells you about this potentially important new
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content as of April 2019 researchers from the University of Cambridge have
made a very noteworthy discovery about genetic variations in human beings
specifically the Cambridge researchers have made the discovery that people with
certain varieties of genetic mutations appear to be better protected from
obesity and it’s related symptoms so what does this mean in the long term
well for starters the researchers who made this discovery about genetic
variations believed that it might be possible to put these findings to use in
order to devise new medications to assist with weight loss later down the
road in a news release on this discovery researcher and senior clinical
investigator Luca Lada had this to say on the topic a powerful emerging concept
is that genetic variants that protect us against disease can be used as models
for the development of medicines that are more effective and safer our
findings may pave the way for a new generation of weight-loss therapies that
activate mc4r preferentially via the beta arrest and pathway the study in
which this discovery was made was published in an April 2019 edition of
the medical journal Cell in the study the researchers involved detail on how
they collected the data from half a million willing participants from the UK
biobank study more specifically the researchers studied one specific gene in
the volunteers know as the mc4r gene while it was already
known that the mc4r gene played a role in regulating our weight this genetic
research provided the scientists with a more complete picture of the genes
function as well as its possible variations at the end of the study the
researchers had discovered a total of 61 different distinct variations of the
mc4r gene what’s more some of these genetic variations appear to be more
adept at preventing the onset of obesity than others some variations of the gene
even helped to better protect the body against other diseases that are often
symptoms of obesity such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes to break
that down into slightly simpler terms this means that researchers now have a
clearer understanding of why some people seem more likely to develop obesity than
others additionally this discovery could also be the potential lead-in to a
breakthrough in terms of weight loss medications as well as providing the
cambridge researchers with a more concrete and tangible understanding of
the nature of obesity itself in the news release following the discovery
researchers sudah Farooqi had this to say
this study drives home the fact that genetics play a major role and why some
people are obese and that some people are fortunate enough to have the genes
that protect them from obesity while proper diet and exercise are still
highly important when it comes to managing weight the fact that we are
gaining a more complete insight into obesity means that we can more
effectively cover all the bases when it comes to obesity prevention just don’t
go thinking that having the anti-obesity gene gives you free rein to gorge
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