Friday, April 12, 2013
Fat Related Genes Altered to Benefit Weight Loss Patients
Swedish researchers conducted a study reported in US News Health where they found that body-fat was better controlled after surgery due to an alternation of genes. The level of genes that are responsible for burning and storing fat change due to weight loss surgery. The study was originally published online in the Cell Reports journal with the conclusion that the researchers' results could potentially lead to the development of new drugs that would be identical to the surgery's control of gene regulation. When a person is severely obese, their genes are altered to make them have a poor metabolism and overall poor health. The weight-loss surgery allows for the genes to return to a healthy state in which they are altered to allow the body to lose weight and have an improvement in metabolism. The goal of this surgery is for obese people to lose weight rapidly however, having this type of surgery allows for type 2 diabetes to occur earlier than it normally would in these patients.