Can Your Genes Help Get Rid Of Obesity?

Being overweight really could be hard-wired into our genes; one more scientific study has suggested. Researchers have for years argued that obesity isn’t only driven by a lack of exercise and overeating. Now, Scientists from King’s College London have revealed more parts of our DNA that influence the body’s metabolism, which plays a vital role in weight loss. These recently uncovered genetic regions have not been associated with weight before and may partially explain why some people seem predisposed to becoming obese. Experts say the discovery could ‘turn the tide’ on obesity by permitting them to design diet plans more tailored to somebody’s genes. About 35million UK grownups are thought to be overweight, figures suggest. In the US 70million grownups are considered fat. Obesity is known to increase the risk of several situations, including cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. 

King’s College London researchers took blood samples from almost 9,000 volunteers for the study. They examined for levels of 722 different metabolite materials made when the body breaks down food. All participants also had their entire genome sequenced, allowing experts to pinpoint areas of their DNA associated with the dissimilar metabolites. Outcomes exposed those alterations in 202 different regions of DNA were connected to the majority of the metabolites’ levels. This encompassed 74 that had never been marked before in previous obesity-fighting genetic research. The results were then established in a separate group of 1,800 contestants.  

The investigators said not all metabolites play a role in weight loss however some were evidently linked to BMI. Metabolites are the end effect of internal chemical reactions the body makes to break down food and change it to energy, a process known as the metabolism. Earlier research has shown that having a sluggish metabolism makes it harder to lose weight as it burns less calories while resting. Improving the metabolism through a more active routine is considered to be a key method for losing weight. According to Dr Massimo Mangino, a geneticist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital also involved in the study, these results could help turn the tide on obesity. This is one of the most common disorders, and yet there’s still so much we want to understand about its biological mechanisms, he said. Our newest discoveries may help to unknot some of them. He further said: Inherited studies hold actual promise in helping us find new treatments for obesity. By mocking out the complex connections among different genes, we have a giant break to turn the tide against this condition.