A Way to Shut Down The Fat Gene?


Cosmetic practices performed by top surgeons like Dr. Lack of MetropolitanMD, a Chicago Liposuction specialist, may not be the only answer to our world’s weight problem. With buzz around obesity, it’s difficult to miss information congruent to weight loss, dieting, surgery, and exercise; although, gastric bypass and pills are amongst the least favorable options.
Scientists have actually been looking into developing a molecule that will effectively shut down the fat gene that is creating this monster of a problem. In other words, by providing an active inhibitor to the FTO (fat mass and obesity-associated gene), these experts can work toward a therapy for individuals already suffering. [1]

According to the World Health Organization, the commonness of obesity is growing at alarming rates – This is based on data collected for both developed and underdeveloped countries. This includes overweight numbers close to 1.6 [1] for adults over the age of 15, along with obese in the range of somewhere near 400 million. With such large figures, it’s difficult to think that obesity isn’t an epidemic of mass proportion.

Obesity creates many health problems; it increases the risk of premature death, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension and cancer. These are among the most severe of cases; obesity also comes with its own short term shortcomings. It’s true that most overweight people have sore bones, muscles, and suffer from shortness of breath, fatigue. It’s also natural that most people who are overweight suffer from depression or depressive symptoms. With this fantastic new developments and studies in China, we can certainly have more hope for this rising problem. Scientists are just beginning to learn how the fat gene actually works, but have tested and seen it’s affects on all different ethnicities.

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It’s important that we all work towards avoiding the problem of obesity. The only way to spread this message is through education regarding fitness, exercise, and healthy eating habits. Although with these recent studies, Chinese scientists have made great strides in the search for a solution towards our already unhealthy planet.

Rachelle Holmes of plastic Surgeons Chicago, MetropolitanMD.

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  • Tree , May 6, 2010

    Wow! I'm all for this molecule when it comes about. LOL I have many of those symptoms, and the older you get, the harder it seems to lose the weight. Thanks for posting!

  • Cali , May 10, 2010

    Obesity in general is a true concern in society today. Besides adult obesity, childhood obesity is yet another concern affecting many Americans.

    As a mother, I'm always concerned and watchful of my children's health. It's an ongoing challenge to ensure they eat right and get enough activity to maintain a healthy weight. I recently read that some children are born with a cholesterol gene that often leads to early heart disease. That made me wonder if there is a screening of test that can be done to find out and then, what do you do to prevent complications down the road.

    I found that The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children have cholesterol screenings done if there is a family history of high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure or diabetes. The screening should happen as early as after age two, but no later than age 10.

    For children who are eight or older, if the test comes back showing the gene is present of that they have high levels of cholesterol-causing LDL concentrations, cholesterol-reducing medications should be considered. There are only a few medicines for this today, but companies like Madeira Therapeutics, one here in my home state, are developing liquid cholesterol-lowering medicines that are made just for children, instead of an adult version re-dosed.

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