Archives for May 2011

Anxiety and Anorexia

New understanding into why anorexics don’t want to eat even when they are starving themselves has been uncovered by researchers at UC San Diego
Instead of feeling good when they eat, anorexics feel anxious and are calmed when they refuse food.

Key gene discovery for obesity and diabetes

KLF14 is a gene thought to act like a “Master Switch” for controlling other genes in body fat. The MuTHER study is a large multi-national collaboration and used fat biopsies from under the skin or subcutaneous fat samples from 800 female twin subjects and confirmed that KLF14 was controlling distant gene expression levels in other genes found in the fat tissue with 600 samples from a separate group of people. KLF14 controls traits that in turn affect metabolic syndrome, obesity and type 2 diabetes. This finding may help understand the causes of obesity and its related diseases and how

Our Microbial Self – does it determine our weight?

Scientists in Denmark note a difference in bacterial colonies and number of bacterial genes between lean and overweight or obese individuals. Is this a cause or result? Old Danish question – do storks bring babies or do babies simply arrive 9 months after most people go on vacation?
Interesting facts about the microbes that live inside us
100 trillion microbial cells in the human gut – 10 times more than body cells. Most of us have about 160 different species with two families dominating, Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes. The amount and ratio of these types in the gut appear to be associated with the weight of the person. Add fiber to your diet, increase fruit and vegetables, include probiotic rich foods like yogurt or sauerkraut for a healthy weight.