Anxiety gene could lead to diabetes development

According to diabetes news, the stress of modern living could make people eat more sugary and fatty foods for comfort. The ‘anxiety gene,’ scientists say, increases stress and cravings for comfort food, and could be why we are becoming increasingly obese and stressed out.
Researchers at the Weizmann Institute in Israel made the finding, with Dr. Alon Chen reportedly commenting: “We showed that the actions of a single gene in just one part of the brain can have profound effects on the metabolism of the whole body. In essence, stress may be turning us fat . Stress is definitely influencing every system in the body. It’s not just causing anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder but is influencing metabolic syndromes such as obesity .”
Furthermore, this stress switch could lead to diabetes and obesity . The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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