Researchers in the United Kingdom say they’ve discovered a genetic mutation that mutes appetite, a scientific advancement that could potentially be used to develop new drugs to prevent obesity.
The mutation stems from a gene called MC4R, which researchers previously discovered can impact hunger — it acts as a switch to alert your brain when you are full, encouraging you to stop eating.
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For some people with MC4R mutations, the “switch” is always off, meaning they never feel full and eat more. For them, the risk of diabetes and heart disease is 50 percent higher than those without the mutation.
But researchers from the University of Cambridge found