With obesity numbers on the rise in America, being at a healthy weight isn't just a matter of looking good but rather is a true health priority. While individual choices like eating a nutritious diet and working out regularly are the top ways to reverse obesity and drop the extra pounds, new research from King's College London and the University of Oxford, have found a possible genetic clue to why some suffer from obesity and others don't.
In fact, researchers found a specific 'master regulator' gene that is linked to type 2 diabetes and cholesterol levels, which controls the behavior of other genes found within fat in the body. Because excess fat plays a major role in metabolic diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes, scientists say that this "master switch" gene could be used as a possible target for future treatments.
While the KLF14 gene had previously been linked to type 2 diabetes and cholesterol levels this is the first study that explains how it does so and the role it plays in controlling other genes, according to the study that was published in the journal Nature Genetics. As always, more research is needed, but scientists are working hard to apply this new information to improve treatment and better understand what causes obesity and diabetes.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.