Saturday, March 21, 2009

Another piece of the Obesity And Low Carbohydrate Puzzle

Syndrome X, the cluster of health problems around obesity, diabetes and cardio-vascular disease has proved a Gordian knot of interrelated factors. Simple diet and exercise type experiments are not enough to untangle the underlying science. Nevertheless, scientists are chipping away one gene at a time.

Researchers find gene that turns carbs into fat | Health | Reuters
CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. researchers have found a gene responsible for turning a plate of pasta into fat, offering new clues about how the body metabolizes carbohydrates and how they contribute to obesity.

The gene, called DNA-PK, appears to regulate the process in the liver that turns carbohydrates into fat, the University of California, Berkeley team reported on Thursday in the journal Cell.

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