Obesity changes gene activity which may predict diabetes risk study says

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In what is being called the biggest study yet on the effect of body mass index (BMI) on DNA, researchers uncovered that significant changes were found in the expression of genes responsible for lipid metabolism and substrate transport…of individuals with high BMIs. Ultimately, the team was able to identify epigenetic markers that could predict the risk of type 2 diabetes.

“Our results allow new insights into which signaling pathways are influenced by obesity”, said Christian Gieger, a researcher involved in the study. “We hope that this will lead to new strategies for predicting and possibly preventing type 2 diabetes and other consequences of being overweight.”

However, while the results may sound dire, the team hope their findings could lead to better ways at identifying those most at risk of developing diabetes, [and] help them make changes in their lifestyle to ensure they do not go on to develop this condition.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Being Overweight Changes Your DNA, Increasing Risk Of Diabetes For Offspring

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