January 11, 2010

Mayo researchers ID possible way to treat obesity

By Kelley Luckstein

Mayo Clinic researchers have located a key biological response in muscles that controls energy consumption, a breakthrough that could help obese people lose weight.


In a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, scientists from Mayo, University of Iowa, University of Connecticut, and New York University say potassium (KATP) channels help regulate the way body burns fat by monitoring levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in cells, and adjusting skeletal and muscle activity accordingly…


“While mechanisms that preserve energy are naturally protective, they promote obesity in a sedentary, modern society,” says Alexey Alekseev, a Mayo Clinic electrophysiologist and first author of the study.


MedCity News, by Thomas Lee, 1/7/10

Tags: biological responses, Endocrinology / Diabetes, Obesity, Research

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