The reason for weight gain after quitting smoking
In a recent study by the Institute of Life Sciences at the University of Michigan, a research team discovered a new fatty cell that may explain the relationship between quitting smoking and weight gain.
This discovery can improve obesity treatments by reaching the function of this new type of fat cell called the so-called fatty cell or beige.
The research assistant at the Institute of Life Sciences at the University of Michigan and the lead author of the study, Jean Wu, has revealed in previous research about the fatty fat cells, which when activated, burns energy and produces body temperature.
In order to check how fat cells work, Ms. Wu and her team studied the activated fat cells.
The findings, published in Nature Medicine, highlight a molecule in the beige cells of mice and humans called CHRNA2, a protein that plays a role in heat generation, regulates the dependence of nicotine in the brain .
CHRNA2 was not found in white fat in mice and humans, the fat responsible for storing energy rather than burning it.
Therefore, these findings can explain why people who quit smoking are overweight, as nicotine found in cigarettes has been shown to discourage smokers’ cravings.
Professor Wu stressed that this research is not intended to encourage smoking in order to avoid weight gain, but this finding can help those who suffer from obesity or metabolic problems.
“Thermal lipid cells are very important in regulating healthy metabolism throughout the body,” she said. “The more accurate the exact path of thermal lipid activation, the more likely we are to find effective treatment for metabolic problems, without any adverse side effects.”