Episode 11 – Obesity: a bird’s eye view

Short summary: In episode 11 Gabor selects 2 papers on the physiology of migrating birds that fatten up for their voyage and we discuss what this can tell us about human obesity. The first paper is from 2002 by Bairlein and is called “How to get fat: nutritional mechanisms of seasonal fat accumulation in migratory songbirds” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12008967. The second is called “Adipose energy stores, physical work, and the metabolic syndrome: lessons from hummingbirds” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16351726 and is by Hargrove et al.

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Episode 3 – Affecting fat loss in rodents by caloric restriction, knocking out insulin genes and seeing how incretin hormones play into it

In Episode 3 of the Break Nutrition show we discussed rodent studies showing an insulin gene dosage-dependent effect on adiposity, the interplay between caloric restriction & circulating insulin, as well as how incretin hormones affect fat loss dynamics. Caloric Restriction Paradoxically Increases Adiposity in Mice With Genetically Reduced Insulin. Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/27145011/ Suppression of hyperinsulinaemia in growing female mice provides long-term protection against obesity. Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/26155745/?i=3&from=/27145011/related