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Living At High Altitude May Help You Control Your Weight

Moving to a higher altitude may help in weight control, The New York Times’ Well blog reports. The finding was based on a study in PLoS One that studied 98,009 military personal as they moved between assignments at high altitude or low altitude. After “adjusting for B.M.I. at enlistment, sex, race, age and other factors, they found that overweight people serving at high altitudes had a 41 percent lower risk of progressing to obesity than those serving at low altitudes.” Researchers speculate that this is caused by the increased release of leptin and other hormones involved in appetite control that occurs in high altitudes.

Read it in The New York Times’ Well blog.

Read the study in PLoS One.