Obesity may be infectious

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015 | 02:50:09 AM

Some cases of human obesity may well be caused by a virus, say Nikhil Dhurandhar and Richard Atkinson of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The researchers analysed the blood of 199 volunteers for anti- bodies for the adenovirus Ad-36, that causes obesity in animal models. Volunteers included 45 lean people while the remaining 154 were obese. While all the lean people were seronegative, (did not have antibodies to Ad-36), 23 of the Obese people were found to be seropositive and responded significantly better to treatment with obesity drugs than those who were seronegative (The Lancet, Vol 349, No 9049).

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter :
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.

Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.