Balearic researchers could predict obesity

INVESTIGARTORS at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) have identified a nutrigenomic biomarker that could predict obesity.

The Molecular Biology, Nutrition and Biotechnology Laboratory of the UIB have created a method to predict and prevent obesity and health conditions related to being overweight.

Representatives of the UIB have stressed the importance of these biomarkers, which could reveal the predisposition to putting on excessive weight and the associated conditions before they manifest themselves.

The tendency towards obesity is the result of several factors, say the researchers, which often have to do with pathological and physiological changes which occur in different stages of life.

Investigators at the UIB believe that the kind of diet followed by a mother during pregnancy could register in the baby’s genes and chromosomes, and could determine a higher or lower tendency for descendants to suffer from obesity.

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