Researchers Baffled by Obese But Healthy People

Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 03:23 PM

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It’s a scientific mystery that medical science has yet to unravel: Why do some obese people seem to remain healthy, with none of the health problems that strike most overweight folks?
 
But a new study published in the journal Diabetologia is casting light on the subject, according to the The New York Times.
 
Researchers from the University of Helsinki found most people who are obese and are metabolically unhealthy have impaired mitochondria — the cellular powerhouses provide energy to the body’s cells — as well as a reduced ability to generate new fat cells.

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Unlike fat tissue in healthy obese people, which generates new cells to store fat, the cells of the unhealthy obese swell to their breaking point.
 
But obese people who are otherwise healthy — with normal cholesterol levels, healthy blood pressure levels, and no signs of impending diabetes — don’t have the same problems, which may explain the differences.
 
"The group that doesn't gain fat in the liver as they get obese seems to avoid inflammation and maintain their metabolic health," said Jussi Naukkarinen, M.D., a research scientist specializing in internal medicine at the University of Helsinki. "There is a complete difference in how they react to obesity."
 
According to health experts, metabolically healthy obese people represent as many as a third of all obese adults.

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