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Genes hold clue why many people with obesity don't get diabetes

Posted on 27 March, 2018 at 21:00

A new UK study suggests that individuals with 14 identified genetic factors are able to safely store body fat which means that, despite having a higher percentage body fat, these individuals are protected from type 2 diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.  People carrying these genes (estimated 5 % of individuals) have a so-called 'favourable' adiposity profile, whereby their extra fat is stored subcutaneously rather than around organs such as the liver (visceral fat).

Ref: Yaghootkar and Misra; Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2019. March 16, 2018; London, UK. Abstract A59.

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