Discovery of gene that is calorie-burning and reduces fat storage

Turning Off One Gene May Allow You to Eat Without Gaining Weight Scientists Say


It will allow people to each as much as they want without gaining an extra weight.

The experiment has so far only been tested with mice.

The worldwide team, led by scientists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Professor Damien Keating at Flinders University, are hopeful a similar approach that inhibits this gene will also be effective with humans to combat obesity and serious diseases like diabetes.

Though the team needs to conduct more research into the side-effects of messing with RCAN1, Keating is excited by the findings, and hopes it will be the beginning of research into new drugs that can fight obesity and diabetes.

"We know a lot of people struggle to lose weight or even control their weight for a number of different reasons", says Professor Keating, from the Molecular and Cellular Physiology Laboratory at the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders.

Will this new drug be the weight-loss elixir we have been looking for? "These results show we can potentially make a real difference in the fight again obesity". The brown fat is the source of energy because it burns to provide the energy but the white fat causes deposits of fat within the body explain the researchers. White fat, used to store energy, is the stuff you imagine when you hear the word fat. Research findings at the Flinders University in Australia say they found that when a single gene called RCAN1 was removed in mice, the rodents were able to eat a high-fat diet without gaining weight.

According to research, the weight loss market in the United States alone is already worth around $66 billion Dollars.

When RCAN1 is blocked it leads to the reduction in the body's ability to store fat and an increase in the muscles ability to burn calories while resting.

Of course, even if the researchers did squeeze these findings into a human treatment, you would still need a balanced diet for your wider health's sake.

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