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What Can Urine Tell Us About Obesity?

The LA Times reports a study published in Science Translational Medicine which suggests that a lot can be learned about the connection between obesity and its associated health issues from biomarkers in urine. Over than 2,000 urine samples were analyzed and researchers found 29 chemical metabolites whose levels increased and decreased with people’s BMI. More information about these links can lead to better prevention strategies and treatments that prevent the onset of obesity-related diseases such as type-2 diabetes, heart disease and gallbladder disease. These biomarkers can also help identify obesity risk or warn thin people that they are at risk for developing other diseases associated with obesity.

Read the article published by the LA Times.

Read the study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.