Experts ID new hormone that may curb obesity, diabetes

01/12/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

A study of mouse and human cells in the journal Nature revealed how the substance PGC1-alpha, which is produced in the muscles during exercise, may help prevent obesity, diabetes and other health problems. Researchers said PGC1-alpha stimulates the expression of the Fndc5 protein, causing the latter to break into pieces, one of which is a newly identified hormone called irisin that appears to turn visceral fats into calorie-burning brown fats.

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