No One Should Be Surprised That There Are Skinny Genes

Anyone who has ever seriously looked at the genetics of obesity should be well aware that body weight and size is a highly heritable trait. As one may expect, this heritability extends across the entire spectrum of body size. Thus, if there are genes that explain obesity, then perhaps certain variations of these very same genes may do the exact opposite – i.e. promote “skinniness”. In fact, we all  know these people, who appear to be highly weight-gain “resistant”, in that they can apparently eat all day without gaining a gram of body fat or simply find it very difficult to “overeat” even when surrounded by highly-palatable food. Now, a study by Fernando Riveros-McKay and colleagues, published in PLOS Genetics, compares the genetics of thinness with that of severe obesity. Using genome-wide association studies, the researchers not only show that the heritability of thinness was comparable to that of severe obesity but they also confirmed the existence of 10 genetic loci that had been previously associated with obesity (as well as an addition obesity and BMI-associated locus (PKHD1). As there may well be non-genetic reasons for people to fall into the “thin” end of the size spectrum, the researchers were careful to only include individuals who appeared in good health and especially excluded individuals with anorexia. Overall, these finding are consistent with animal studies that have also identified loci/genes associated with thinness/decreased body weight due to reduced food intake/increased energy expenditure/resistance to high fat diet-induced obesity, mechanisms that the authors hypothesise may also contribute to human thinness. Clearly, further genetic and phenotypic studies focused on persistently thin individuals may provide new insights into the mechanisms regulating human energy balance and may uncover potential anti-obesity drug targets. @DrSharma Edmonton, AB

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Why Obesity Is A Chronic Disease

While I am currently teaching at a Harvard Medical School course on obesity for obesity educators here in Las Vegas, I thought it may be appropriate to post a link to my recent Obesity Canada webinar (about 60 mins) on why obesity is a chronic disease. The full video can be accessed by clicking here @DrSharma Las Vegas, NV

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Corn And Peas Curry Recipe

Corn and Peas Curry Recipe is a unique recipe of a corn on the cob curry. 

The gravy is made by roasting the whole spices and ginger, garlic and onions into a spice paste and then simmered with the pre boiled corn on the cob cut into pieces. 

This dish also contains green peas that adds a lovely colour and crunch to the dish. Serve it along with rice or rotis, as per your choice. 

Serve Corn and Peas Curry Recipe along with Jeera Rice RecipeLachedar Kakdi Pyaz Kachumber Recipe – Onion Cucumber Salad and finish the meal with Paan Matka Kulfi Recipe as dessert. 

If you like this recipe, you can try our other Corn Recipes such as:

  1. Sweet Corn Vegetable Soup Recipe
  2. Sweet Corn And Raw Mango Salad Recipe
  3. Crispy Corn Chaat Recipe
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Green Moong Dal Sundal Recipe

Green Moong Dal Sundal Recipe is a super healthy South Indian stir fry of sprouted whole green moong dal. The green moong sprouts are tossed along with mustard cumin and curry leaves and finished off with some coconut and fresh lemon juice. 

It can be served along with a South Indian meal or eaten as an evening snack or even be packed in a snack box.

Did you know: Green Moong or Whole Moong Dal is packed with protein and low in carbohydrates and is one of the best vegetarian superfoods out there. It has a low glycemic index and is high in dietary fibre making it a perfect lentil for diabetics as it releases sugar into the bloodstream slowly. 

Serve Green Moong Dal Sundal Recipe as an evening snack along with Whole Wheat Flour Chakli Recipe or serve it as part of a meal along with Steamed Rice and Milagu Rasam Recipe – Village Style Pepper Rasam and Elai Vadam Recipe (A Traditional South Indian Rice Papad) for a complete weekday meal.

If you like this recipe, do try our other Sundal Recipes for your South Indian meals:

  1. Verkadalai Sundal- Peanut Sundal Recipe
  2. Pattani Sundal Recipe – Green Peas Sundal Recipe
  3. Double Beans Sundal Recipe
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PURE Study: Higher Carb Consumption Linked to Greater Risk of Death

Here’s the abstract of a new epidemiological study that investigated the relationships between diet, cardiovascular disease, and death rates. I don’t have the entire article. My sense is that the 18 countries studied are mostly non-Western: Background The relationship between … Continue reading

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Enjoy Your Weekend With This Sindhi Meal Of Bhuga Chawal, Keeme Ja Bhalla & Sindhi Kheerni

Here’s a delicious Sindhi Meal Plate which has some lip smacking recipes like Keema Ja Bhalla, Sindhi Bhuga Chawal and Sindhi Kheerni that you can make for your weekend meals.You can also make it for your dinner if you guests coming in during weekdays.

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Lachedar Kakdi Pyaz Kachumber Recipe – Onion Cucumber Salad

Lachedar Kakdi Pyaz Kachumber Recipe is a super fresh Indian salad. Thin strips of onions and cucumbers are dressed in fresh lemon juice and some spices like cumin powder, chaat masala, red chilli powder and salt. 

Cucumber deseeded and cut into noodle like strips combined with crunchy onions not only add a crunch to the meals but add that element of freshness.

Serve Lachedar Kakdi Pyaz Kachumber alongside a meal of Pudina Tawa ParathaTadkewali Masoor DalAchari Aloo Sabzi and Methi Raita Flavoured With Garlic Recipe for a complete meal. 

Try our other Salad Recipes: 

  1. Methi Sprouts Salad Recipe
  2. Beetroot, Carrot & Cucumber Salad with Peanuts Recipe
  3. Chatpata Rajma Salad Recipe – Kidney Beans Salad Recipe
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Is Your Glucose Meter as Accurate as You Think?

DiaTribe has an article on glucose meter accuracy by Jeemin Kwon and Adam Brown. I quote: Results from the Diabetes Technology Society’s Blood Glucose Meter Surveillance Program identifies only six out of 18 meters that passed. Did yours make the cut? … Continue reading

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