New Gene Found In Fruit Flies Study Explains Why Atkins Diet Improves Metabolic Syndrome

Filed under: Study — @ August 10, 2006

A new study published in the August 8, 2006 issue of the scientific journal Cell Metabolism provides further evidence of the health benefits of the Atkins diet.

Burnham Institute for Medical Research assistant professor Dr. Sean Oldham found a single gene called TOR in Drosophila fruit flies helps to regulate vital body regulators such as insulin, glucose and fat metabolism.

When Dr. Oldham and his research team mutated the TOR gene to see how it impacted the fruit flies, what they found was a lowering of blood glucose levels and cholesterol levels as well as a longer lifespan.

bq. What does all of this mean for people who are livin’ la vida low-carb? Well, actually, this is NOT new information for us because we already knew the Atkins/low-carb approach was an excellent way to control insulin levels and blood sugar. Dr. Jeff Volek and Dr. Richard Feinman have already previously “connected the dots” between low-carb and metabolic syndrome and shared their discovery last year. It’s nice to know other researchers are finally catching up to this well-known fact!

Despite this amazing discovery about how metabolic syndrome can be treated naturally through a healthy low-carb diet, you are never going to guess what the researchers are proposing to do in response to their study. Click here to read what they have planned and more on this study that is yet another piece of scientific vindication for the late great Dr. Robert C. Atkins.


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