HealthDay (10/12, Preidt) reports that "for overweight people with diabetes, intensive exercise and dieting not only aids weight loss, it can also help train their fat cells to produce a hormone believed to boost production of 'good' cholesterol," according to a new study released online in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the Journal of Lipid Research. According to the article, "the new study, from researchers at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, included data on overweight and obese people with type 2 diabetes who were taking part in a multicenter clinical trial examining how increased physical activity and reduced calorie intake affected their risk for cardiovascular disease." Principal investigator Dr. Christie Ballantyne, director of the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, said in a news release, "What we're learning is that even overweight people who are physically active and eating a healthy diet are getting benefits from the lifestyle change."
Study Identifies 21 New Genes Affecting Cholesterol. The Daily Mail (UK) (10/12, Hodgekiss) reports that "scientists have identified 21 new genes linked to cholesterol levels, further paving the way for dedicated drugs and treatments or heart disease." In the largest genetic study of cholesterol, researchers "found these genetic variations were associated with changes in 'good' HDL and 'bad' LDL cholesterol." According to the article, "the genetic mutations of more than 90,000 people were analysed in the study, which was published in the American Journal of Human Genetics."