Genetic Link To Being Fat : FTO Gene & Ghrelin

The Journal of Clinical Investigation recently published findings which point to the so called ‘FTO’ gene and its role in obesity. Researchers previously suspected that a particular variety of this gene (high risk) played a part in appetite and hormone release, but more recently the findings seem more concrete.

The study found that the presence of the ‘high risk of obesity’ gene made fatty foods more appealing to the person, and if they had 2 copies of the 'high risk' FTO gene (1 from Mum and 1 from Dad), then the person has a 70% greater risk of becoming obese. Also of interest is the hormone Ghrelin which basically increases appetite, and is seen to be elevated in those with the ‘high risk’ FTO genes, making this an area of interest to Scientists!

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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