Thursday, January 19, 2006
Let's Sleep Off Our Fat Now
Headline from today's Houston Chronicle says:
Jan. 19, 2006, 12:59PM
"Hibernation gene could be medical eye opener"
"By ERIC BERGER Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle (link) "
What does this mean to us?
It may lead to better treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Imagine sleeping off pounds. While in hibernation the body switches from burning stored fat instead of glucose.
Research mice at the Texas Medical School at Houston were left in the dark to induce a hibernation like state. Mice don't hibernate naturally, just as humans don't.
The researchers found one normally dormant gene became active in the mice left in the dark. That gene makes an enzyme that breaks down dietary fat. They then found elevated levels of AMP (Adenosine monophosphate). Formerly this compound was considered waste, but now they think it may be important in notifying the body to start burning fat instead of glucose.
Next should be to make timed release pills of AMP. One pill for one day's sleep and three pound loss, two for two days' sleep and six pound loss, etc. Order me seven to ten pills, please.
So, off to sleep to burn off some fat. Who wants to be first?
so, hibernation, eh? i really like that thought and perhaps it explains why i'm carrying around a few extra pounds...i've never been able to sleep in the dark. i either have the tv blarring (my hubbby's word) all nite, or some other lights. at least i've figured out why i can't shed those pounds. thanks for the info LOL
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