Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Bacteria Linked to Obesity

As all of us digest our Christmas meals, this study is worth looking at:

Researchers in Shanghai identified a human bacteria linked with obesity, fed it to mice and compared their weight gain with rodents without the bacteria. The latter did not become obese despite being fed a high-fat diet and being prevented from exercising.
The bacterium – known as enterobacter – encourages the body to make and store fat, and prevents it from being used, by deregulating the body’s metabolism-controlling genes.

Full article here.

The idea that a bacterium is associated with obesity has been around for a while and this seems to confirm it. It makes sense to me. Now, if a vaccine and/or antibiotic can be found!

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