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Louisville Epidemiologist Uncovers New Genes Linked to Abdominal Fat

Excess abdominal fat can be a precursor to diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. A person’s measure of belly fat is reflected in the ratio of waist circumference to hip circumference, and it is estimated that genetics account for about 30-60 percent of waist-to-hip ratio (WHR). Dr. Kira Taylor, assistant professor, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, and her research team have identified five new genes associated with increased WHR, potentially moving science a step closer to developing a medication to treat obesity or obesity-related diseases. The researchers recently published their findings in Human Molecular Genetics.