SCD-1 Gene – A Cure for Obesity?
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison removed the SCD-1 gene from a group of mice who were then fed double-bacon cheeseburgers. Result? The mice stayed lean and did not gain weight, and their blood sugar was lower than normal animals that ate the same high-fat stuff, indicating that they did not have adult-onset or type II diabetes which affects 17 million Americans and is a major element of the growing wave of obesity.
SCD-1 makes an enzyme that inserts a double bond into an unsaturated fatty acid. The result is a saturated fat, which can be stored in the rodent equivalent of spare-tire bulge.
Researchers said: “We never thought SCD-1 would be a central enzyme in regulating metabolism”.
Who knows, maybe in a few years we humans will be able to eat high fat foods without getting overweight or suffering from obesity.
SOURCE: University of Wisconsin.