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New Gene Variant Linked to Obesity Could Lead to Treatment Options

Scientists have identified a new genetic cause of obesity. People with a variant of the SMIM1 gene tend to burn less energy at rest, leading to weight gain. This variant is linked to a rare blood group (Vel-negative), affecting roughly 1 in 5,000 people worldwide.

According to an article published in Science Daily, researchers believe the discovery could lead to new treatments for obesity. They’re exploring the possibility of using a common thyroid medication to help those with the SMIM1 variant manage their weight. The study also found additional health markers associated with the variant, including high blood fat and liver enzyme levels.

This research, published in the journal “Med”, highlights the complex interplay of genetics and lifestyle factors in obesity. While uncommon, identifying specific genetic causes like this can pave the way for targeted treatments. The research team emphasizes the need for further investigation and reducing the stigma associated with obesity.

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