Friday, October 31, 2008

Simple Blood Test Predicts Obesity

According to new research from the Monell Center, the degree of change in blood triglyceride levels following a fatty meal may indicate susceptibility to diet-induced obesity. The findings open doors to new methods of identifying people, including children, who are at risk for becoming obese. Triglycerides are a form of fat that is transported in the blood and stored in the body's fat tissues. They are found in foods and also are manufactured by the body. ‘These findings suggest we may someday be able to use a simple blood test to identify those at risk for obesity,’ said senior author Mark Friedman, PhD, a behavioral physiologist at Monell. ‘The ability to identify more susceptible individuals would make it possible to target obesity-prevention resources on those who need them most.’

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