‘Apple-Shaped’ Body? ‘Pear-Shaped’? Your Genes May Tell – HealthDay

MONDAY, Feb. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A large, new study has uncovered 24 genetic variations that help separate the apple-shaped people from the pear-shaped ones. Researchers said the findings help explain why some people are prone to carrying any excess weight around the belly. But more importantly, they could eventually shed light on the biology of diseases linked to obesity — particularly abdominal obesity. While obesity is linked to a range of health conditions, excess fat around the middle seems to be a particular risk factor for certain diseases — like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. “But we ...

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