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There’s A Gene That Stops You Overeating And Makes You Crave Exercise!

OMG! It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for!

A new study has revealed there IS a gene that triggers a feeling of fullness as well as the need to sleep after eating.

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The Gene That Tells Your Brain When It’s Stored Enough Fat

Aussie and Danish researchers found a gene encoding a transcription factor, called ETS-5, which controls signals from the brain to the intestines.

The gene basically tells your brain when it’s stored enough fat and then it essentially puts you to sleep.

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Scientists studied roundworms because of the simplicity of their brains – and believe-it-or-not, humans and worms share up to 80 per cent of their genes, as well as half of the known genes which are involved in human diseases.

The gene found in worms is similar to the one humans have, but it has 302 neurone and 8,000 synapses, whereas humans have billions of neutrons and 100 trillion synapses.

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Compared to mammals, who become obese when their diet contains too many fats and sugars, these worms roamed in search of better nutrition when they were fed on low quality food.

“When animals are malnourished they seek out food by roaming their environment,” says study author Profession Roger Pocock, at the Monash University in Melbourne.

“When they’re well fed they have no need to roam, and when they’re fully sated they enter a sleep-like state.”

“Because roundworms share so many genes with humans they are a great model system to investigate and gain a better understanding of processes like metabolism as well as diseases in humans.”

What’s Next?

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The ETS family of genes that is present in humans has previously been linked to obesity regulation, but experts are looking to invent a drug to target obesity.

Professor Pocock says: “Now that we’ve learned this gene family controls food intake through a feedback system to the brain, it represents a credible drug target for the treatment of obesity.”

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.