London: Being slim and trim doesn`t assure you a healthy life, say scientists who claim to have found a "lean gene" that helps people keep weight off but also raises their risks of developing diabetes and heart disease.
This put them at a 20 per cent higher risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes -- the form that develops in middleage and is often blamed on obesity. As the gene is only linked to lower levels of fat stored just below the skin, known as subcutaneous fat, it may be that people who have IRS1 stash theirs elsewhere. If fat is wrapped around the heart, liver or other organs it could lead to life-threatening conditions, says the team. PTI
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