Going On A Health Kick? Move Over To Low Fat Foods – Fat Could Alter Your DNA Study Finds


Trashing your fatty nyama Choma or piece of chicken may soon become the new norm.

That’s because a new study has concluded that excess fat not only pile up in your hips and belly but could also change your DNA.

Yes! Fat has the capability of changing the hereditary materials in your body cells.

This conclusion appears in Epigenome-wide association study of body mass index, and the adverse outcomes of adiposity”.

The study shows this could lead to offspring acquiring diabetes, heart diseases, depression and infertility.

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One of the authors, Simone Wahl, opined that the issue was especially important “because an estimated 1.5 billion people are overweight”.

The large-scale international study coordinated by Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the German Centre for Diabetes Research, shows that while our “genes do not change in the course of life, our lifestyle can directly influence their surroundings”.

After looking at data from over 10,000 women from Europe, the researchers estimated that they have high risk of obesity and metabolic diseases.

The scientists used most recent technology to examine blood samples of the population, a majority of whom were of Indian ancestry in British capital London.

Effects On DNA

Results showed that their genes were also altered as a consequence of being overweight and not the cause of obesity as it is assumed.

Fortunately, such unnatural inheritance, also called epigenetic inheritance, can be reversed. But, the study called for more research.

The study, published this month in the scientific journal Nature, also gives an insight on how to detect type 2 diabetes, which is usually preventable.

The disease is often caused by the body’s ineffective use of insulin and is the most common form of diabetes.

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Insulin is a hormone that boosts the transportation of glucose from the blood into body cells where it is converted into energy.

“Our results provide new insights into the pathways influenced by adiposity and may enable development of strategies for prediction and prevention of type 2 diabetes and other clinical consequences of obesity,” the study says.

The study comes months after a study published in the country compared the effects of fat and the population with excessive fat.

According to the study tagged,  “Kenya STEPwise Non-Communicable Disease Risk Factors 2015 Report”  more than six million adults have excess fat as a result of eating too much and moving too little.

The survey showed unhealthy diets, include lots of sugar, salt, alcohol and tobacco. In all, low-fat foods are must-haves to stay healthy.