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Could Grizzly Bears Hold the Secret to a Cure for Human Obesity?

Health & Wellness  (tags: animals, health, healthcare, protection )

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Studies of the bears' fat and blood samples suggest that they are able to adjust their sensitivity to the insulin hormone that controls how much the fat and sugars in food are broken down and stored for energy.

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Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 10:34 am

Malgorzata Z (200)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 12:12 pm

David C (129)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 12:27 pm
thanks, cool!

Joy M (169)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 1:35 pm

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 1:53 pm
I would like to physically act just like a bear and hibernate through the winter.

Birgit W (160)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 2:47 pm
Noted, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 3:32 pm
Interesting ,thank you.

Carmen S (611)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 5:54 pm
Very interesting, thanks Cal.

Jason S (50)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 7:17 pm
Good posting, thanks

Walter F (129)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 7:49 pm
Interesting.Thanks Cal

Ondine J (134)
Friday December 20, 2013, 12:09 am
Thanks Cal.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 20, 2013, 1:13 am
Sounds like bad news for the Bears scientists will carry out laboratory tests on these animals and will start to kill them in order to study them.Just as the Japanese do with the whales.

Julie W (32)
Friday December 20, 2013, 1:14 am
Maybe if obese people hibernated for a few months?

Past Member (0)
Friday December 20, 2013, 1:20 am

Past Member (0)
Friday December 20, 2013, 1:34 am
Important post. Thanks.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday December 20, 2013, 4:48 am

Ruth C (87)
Friday December 20, 2013, 6:23 am
Please, leave them ALONE!!

Herbert E (10)
Friday December 20, 2013, 10:12 am
Good news for us, might be bad news for Grizzlies.

Lindsay K (6)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 4:35 am
Interesting - thanks for posting

Marianne R (95)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 1:52 pm
Sharing information between Doctors and Veterinarians may be a good idea, but....don't experiment on the poor Grizzly.

Roger G (154)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 1:56 pm
noted, thanks

Ann Breeden (65)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 3:30 pm
Interesting. Maybe the grizzlies have the right idea. Of course, they don't drink gallons of soda or consume tons of sugar related products. I'd say their diet is pretty good. Maybe we should consider trying salmon, berries and an apple a day as well.

Kate Kenner (215)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 3:53 pm
they have to look at tears to figure this out? And how much will these bears suffer for the gluttony of most people who are obese? Some people are just heavy but I know when I was growing up this was not a problem. leave the bears alone and figure it out using common sense. All they have to do is walk through ar regular grocery store to see all the crap that is sold and people eat.It doesn't take a genius or studying bears to get the answer.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 5:38 pm
Don't make this yet another excuse to justify the torture and killing of animals. Go on a reduction diet and do some exercise, you lazy buggers.

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 5:52 am
Very Interesting...just hope the studies they are doing do not harm the bears in anyway
Paws for the News

Barbara V (51)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 2:28 pm
They don't make THAT many bears!

. (0)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 9:36 pm
I think I've driven past where they keep these bears, but I don't remember ever seeing them. I don't believe the bears are harmed, and I'm glad that scientists are able to get some answers for health problems from studying these bears. Bears are of course not the only hibernating animals that are studied by scientists trying to learn how some animals are able to survive hibernation and how unlocking the secrets of those abilities might lead to improvements in human health.

Lona G (80)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 11:17 pm
It could be interesting, but I'm not very happy reading about these bears kept locked up essentially for the sake of these experiments. Fat and blood samples are taken, so that's invasive and the bears are probably kept in cages to get these samples.

Winnie A (179)
Monday December 23, 2013, 6:48 am

Sharon W. (4)
Monday December 23, 2013, 11:28 am
Hmpf, obesity has been healed in mice, too, over and over.
Thing is: we can lock up animals in cages and study them while changing ONE thing and studying its effects. But people live in complex surroundings, so it is not as easy for healing obesity in them.
Or in other words: Stop experimenting on bears just because you may have found just another cure for obesity in an animal, or I will send a grizzly after you.

Tanya Selth (0)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 6:53 pm
"for the Bears scientists will carry out laboratory tests on these animals and will start to kill them in order to study them.Just as the Japanese do with the whales. "

Alfred.. its not quite the same as what is happening with the whales. With the whales, science is just an "excuse" to kill large numbers of them.. they arent even using them for science.
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