Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Study: Link between inflammation, obesity

This study validates something that trainers and doctors have been saying all along. Obesity is tied to heart disease. Yes I know that you don't have to be obese to have a heart attack, believe me I know from personal experience. But the drive to live a long healthy fit life means reducing obesity.

I hope that you all will give your self the present of health and fitness this holiday season.



Study: Link between inflammation, obesity

HOUSTON (UPI) -- Houston researchers have identified a molecular link between obesity and inflammation -- inflammation has been linked to several diseases.

Research presented this week at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions shows that a high-fat diet draws inflammatory cells into fat tissue, which prevents the tissue from storing the fats we eat, according to Dr. Christie Ballantyne, cardiologist at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center and principal investigator of the research.

When the tissue can not store these fats, they end up in the liver and muscle, which in turn causes diabetes and heart disease.

"Understanding this link between obesity, diet and inflammation, may help us prevent diabetes and heart disease by tailoring new therapies to block the inflammation that initiates the destructive process," said Ballantyne.

Research shows that a high-fat diet leads fat cells to produce molecules called chemokines, which attract inflammatory white blood cells into fat tissue. Both macrophages and T cells, which play a critical role in the immune system, accumulate in fat tissue, beginning the process that leads to disease, according to Ballantyne.

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