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|January 23, 2019|
When is a pear better than an apple?
RIVERSIDE Ė (INT) Ė Researchers at UC Riverside have been studying the link between obesity in men and brain inflammation.
In a study of mice, researchers wanted to know which is worse: fat in women accumulating around the hips creating a pear-shaped look versus fat in men around the abdomen resulting in an apple shape.
They found that only male mice experienced neuroinflammation, or activation of the immune systemís response in the brain, after being fed a high-fat diet. While females were unaffected, males showed low testosterone and reduced sperm count, in addition to neuroinflammation.
As it turns out, itís healthier to be a pear than an apple.
In the US, more than 30 percent of people are obese, and more than two-thirds are overweight.
Story Date: September 21, 2018