A Gene in Slim People Make Them Also at Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease
Seeing people with a perfect , slim and tall like a model posture, sometimes makes other people envy. But you should know that being slim does not guarantee they are in healthy condition.
Researchers have discovered a gene called “lean genes” that help people maintain their weight. However, it turns out these genes also may increase the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.
According to the Daily Mail, this case is much discovered by man. Those who have ‘six pack’ stomachs may not be as healthy as you think.
The scientists compared the genetic code of more than 75 thousand people with a ratio of fat and muscle in the body. The research reveals that there is a very common gene, called IRS1, which is associated with a person’s slim body.
That’s because those who have the gene have high levels of harmful blood fats and very difficult to process sugar. It also puts them with a 20 percent higher risk of heart disease and type-2 diabetes that usually develops in middle age, and are often caused by obesity.
In fact, people with the IRS1 genes, usually have lower levels of fat under the skin than people without IRS1 gene. However, they tend to have fat in other organs. Fat that wraps the heart, liver and other internal organs, is very harmful for the body.
“In simple terms, it is not just people with obesity who can suffer these diseases, people who look slim have the same risk,” says Dr Ruth Loos, of the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge.
But why do men tend to experience it more than women? According to Dr Ruth Loos, men tend to store less fat than women, and are more sensitive to changes in the distribution.
Professor Nick Wareham, added that this study answers the question why not all people who are slim have good health, and conversely why not all obese people are at risk of metabolic diseases.
According to Professor Jeremy Pearson of the British Heart Foundation, the research also reinforces the idea of disease ??risk is not just about how fat you are, but also where the location of the body fat.
“Fat is stored in the organs in the body are worse than fat stored under the skin,” he said.