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Newswise — April 19, 2011 – (BRONX, NY) – The brain’s hypothalamus plays a key role in obesity and one of its major complications – type 2 diabetes. Nerve cells in the hypothalamus detect nutrients and hormones circulating in the blood and then coordinate a complex series of behavioral and physiological responses to maintain a balance between calories eaten and calories burned. Obesity and diabetes can result when this regulatory mechanism goes awry.
Now, research by postdoctoral fellow Clémence Blouet, Ph.D., and Gary Schwartz, Ph.D., professor of medicine and in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, has revealed a molecule in the brain that may contribute to those health problems, both of which are reaching epidemic proportions. A 2008 study in the journal Obesity predicted that 86 percent of U.S. adults will be overweight or obese by 2030 if current trends continue. And last October the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that the prevalence of diabetes among American adults could rise from the current 1 in 10 to as many as 1 in 3 by 2050.
“Our study indicates that TXNIP in hypothalamic nerve cells provides a crucial link between brain nutrient sensing and the increases in body weight and fat mass that lead to obesity and diabetes,” said Dr. Schwartz.
Originally posted by gdaub23
Iguess they will keep coming out with medical reasons why people of this country are so overweight. Why cant they just admit that some are just lazy and thats why they are fat,and with being fat comes diabetes. Instead they try to cover up the truth with stuff like this. So this kindaq news will probably make the overweight not feel so bad about themselves now because now they have another excuse to go along with the over active thyroid they have been using forever...
Originally posted by gdaub23
Why cant they just admit that some are just lazy and thats why they are fat,and with being fat comes diabetes. Instead they try to cover up the truth with stuff like this. So this kindaq news will probably make the overweight not feel so bad about themselves now because now they have another excuse to go along with the over active thyroid they have been using forever...
Originally posted by angrymomma
I had gestational diabetes with both of my pregnancies. You wanna know why? Because I'm fat. You wanna know why I'm fat? I enjoy food more than I should. After getting gestational diabetes TWO times in a row I've finally had enough it. Why can't some people just recognize their faults (not all obese people are just lazy bags)?
I recognize that I'm fat and it was detrimental to the health of both myself and my (at the time) unborn children.
Now that I've recognized my shortcoming I am taking care of it. I don't need a scientist to give me a scapegoat on being fat. I need to put down the cheeseburger and get up on that treadmill, which just happens to be what I'm doing .