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Boosting body heat production: A new approach for treating obesity

A receptor that helps conserve energy when food is scarce may be the key to a safer approach to treating diet-induced obesity, research led by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research has revealed.

In a study using experimental models and fat tissue biopsies from obese individuals, the team revealed that blocking a specific receptor of the molecule neuropeptide Y (NPY), which helps our body regulate its heat production, could increase fat metabolism and prevent weight gain.

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“The Y1 receptor acts as a ‘brake’ for heat generation in the body. In our study, we found that blocking this receptor in fat tissues transformed the ‘energy-storing’ fat into ‘energy-burning’ fat, which switched on heat production and reduced weight gain,” says Dr Yan-Chuan Shi, Leader of the Neuroendocrinology Group at Garvan and co-senior author of the paper published in Nature Communications.

“Most of the current medications used to treat obesity target the brain to suppress appetite and can have severe side effects that limit their use. Our study reveals an alternative approach that targets the fat tissues directly, which may potentially be a safer way to prevent and treat obesity.”

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A Scary Look at Obesity Statistics

Unlike the photo these figures on obesity are no joke.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that no state has met the nation’s goal to lower obesity prevalence to 15 percent.

The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

Sadly, obesity is not a joking matter

There are 58 million of us overweight, 40 million obese.

Eight out of 10 folks over 25 years old are overweight.

Some 78 percent of Americans are not meeting the basic activity recommendations. See Section 14 in How to Lose Weight and Keep it off for details.

Some 25 percent are completely sedentary.

There are has been a 76 percent increase in Type II diabetes in adults 30-40 years old since 1990.

Some 50 percent of the U.S. will be obese by 2030.

Some 490,000 to 670,000 additional cancers will occur.

Some 26 million to 55 million quality adjusted life years will be lost.

Medical expenditures will increase $48 billion to $66 billion annually by 2030.

For a look at the medical conditions that result from obesity read my post: How Does Obesity Affect You?


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