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Researchers Identify New Genes Associated with Measuring Body Fat

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Authors of a new study claim they have identified two previously unknown genes in the human body that are associated with the measure of body fat.

The study was conducted by researchers from the Institute of Metabolic Science in Cambridge, U.K., who re-analyzed genetic data from 15 previously published studies in order to identify genes associated with adiposity -- the measure of body fat percentage.

Published in Nature, the findings of the study state that researchers found abnormalities in one of the genes which have previously been associated with increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The gene associated with this increased risk, actually results in men having less body fat.

Researchers say they determined that the gene reduced fat accumulation only under the skin, but not the more dangerous type found around the mid-section. Meaning that people with this gene are less able to store fat safely under the skin and therefore may store fat elsewhere in the body, increasing their risk of diabetes and heart disease.

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