Researchers out of Ruijin Hospital in Shanghai have just made key findings about a gene related to obesity that they believe could provide new insight into obesity prevention and treatment, hospital officials said yesterday.
Shanghai Daily reports:
The researchers found that the LGR4 gene can have a big influence in the occurrence of obesity.
People with mutated LGR4 genes can have over two times the risk of being obese.
They also found that rats that had the LGR4 gene deactivated had better physical data and lower weights even when fed a fattier diet.
The studies are based on DNA information from over 1,000 people considered obese below the age of 30.
Last year, findings from the Shanghai Municipal Health Bureau showed that almost 40 percent of adults in Shanghai are overweight or obese, and earlier this year, we reported that China’s young adults are getting fatter, with over 11 percent of people age 20-39 being considered obese. This has led to the country’s startlingly massive diabetic population of around 114 million people—the most in the world.
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