Endocrinology & Metabolism

Body's ability to prevent cell damage hampered by excess carbs

A high body mass index (BMI) is closely correlated with insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. For decades, nutrition guidelines have emphasized the necessity of decreasing intake of dietary fats. Yet, even as studies demonstrate ...

Overweight & Obesity

Potential indicator for obesity risk detected during sleep

Throughout the day, we gain energy by breaking down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in our bodies through the process of metabolism. For example, immediately after eating, most of our energy comes from carbohydrates, while ...

Health

A dietitian on what you need to know about the keto diet

A diet developed in the 1920s to treat children with epilepsy is suddenly all the rage. The ketogenic diet, or "keto diet", has reportedly been endorsed by celebrities and even athletes are giving it a go.

Oncology & Cancer

Architecture of cellular control center mTORC2 elucidated

The protein complex mTORC2 controls cellular lipid and carbohydrate metabolism. Researchers from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and the ETH Zurich have now succeeded in deciphering the 3-D structure of this important ...

Medical research

Leptin hormone spurs body's shift from burning carbs to fat

To keep the human brain supplied with energy when food was scarce, mammals evolved the ability to switch from burning carbohydrates to burning fat in order to preserve skeletal muscle that would otherwise be metabolized and ...

Oncology & Cancer

Natural molecule appears to shut off cancer cells' energy source

The Warburg Effect describes a phenomenon in which cancer cells voraciously consume glucose for energy—something scientists have long known, yet have had little success exploiting as a way to stunt tumor growth.

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