Published in Obesity and Diabetes Week, April 26th, 2004
This is the first study of longitudinal data to link body mass measurements taken over several decades to specific genes located on chromosomes. The researchers analyzed blood and health data from white siblings in 342 families who had been screened multiple times in the Bogalusa Heart Study over the past 30 years.
Obesity, a leading risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, is reaching epidemic proportions in the United States. Although the causes of obesity are complex, researchers estimate that between 40% and 70% of obesity cases have a genetic...
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