Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Imperceptible Vibrations Slow Weight Gain

By Morgen E. Peck

Low-level mechanical signals inhibit fat-cell production in mice

It’s the diet that we dare not even dream of—eat like a medieval lord, then simply command the body not to produce fat—but new research by engineers and scientists in New York and Maine gives reason to dream.

According to a report to be published this week in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, imperceptible vibrations transmitted through the whole body could help prevent weight gain in mice by inhibiting the production of fat cells in their bone marrow.

Staying slim may be as simple as standing still…oh, and exercising too.

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