Study examines role of genetics in body fat distribution

Researchers analyzed data from the UK Biobank cohort involving 362,499 individuals and found 98 independent genetic factors that were related to body fat distribution, including 29 genes that were not previously associated with fat-related phenotypes. Published in Nature Communications, the study also revealed a significant difference in body fat distribution between sexes, with women more likely to store fat in the trunk and legs, giving them some protection against cardiovascular disease, while men have more fat in the trunk.

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