Low-Fat Livers Linked to ‘Healthy’ Obesity

Low-Fat Livers Linked to ‘Healthy’ Obesity

Low-Fat Livers Linked to ‘Healthy’ Obesity

Study of twins sheds light on good versus bad fat.

Most obese individuals suffer from hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. but some obese people do not present with these conditions. A new study published by the University of Helsinki sheds light on this phenomenon by attributing this scenario on the amount of fat in the obese person’s liver.

The researchers examined identical twins raised in equivalent environments. On average, one twin of each pair weighed approximately 37 lbs more than their sibling. The obese twins often presented with much fattier livers than their thin sibling counterpart. The obese twins showed adverse signs of health such as high cholesterol, insulin resistance, hypertension, and inflammation. On the contrary, those twins whose liver fat was similar to that of their thin sibling lacked these conditions.

It is still uncertain why fat accumulates in the livers of some people but not others. Other studies hypothesize that organelles called mitochondria must be present for new fat cells to grow. Anti-inflammatory drugs may boost the productivity of mitochondria to encourage the growth of healthier fat while reducing the risk of diabetes.

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Reference: healthland.time.com