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Heart Health

28 June 2011

Slim is not always healthy

Being slim may not always mean a lower risk of heart disease or diabetes, say scientists who identified a gene linked to both a lean body and a higher risk of metabolic diseases.

Being slim may not always lead to a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes, say scientists who identified a gene linked to both a lean body and a higher risk of metabolic diseases.

Loos' team examined the genetic code of more than 75,000 people to look for the genes that determine body fat percentage, and found strong evidence that a gene called IRS1 is linked with having less body fat.

 

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