Protein May Hold Key to Obesity, Diabetes

How do diets high in carbohydrates lead to obesity and diabetes? Researchers have found a single protein -- carbohydrate response element binding protein (ChREBP) -- activates several genes that cause cells in the liver to turn sugar into fat. Eating meals high in carbohydrates or sugars leads the body to do several things. Some sugars are immediately converted to energy while the rest are converted to fat. The sugar-to-fat conversion occurs two ways: An immediate response,...

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