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Cures for obesity and heart disease could come from grizzly bears | The Verge

Safely binge eating then losing weight isn’t just easy for grizzly bears — it’s a way of life, something researchers want to better understand, and perhaps even replicate in humans one day. Pharmaceuticals company Amgen is currently tracking the ins and outs (but really more the in part) of what happens to these bears as they get ready to hibernate, as well as during their day-to-day munching. The hope, reports The Wall Street Journal, is that the research could be turned into something to combat obesity, heart disease, and other ailments in humans. Early findings suggest the secret revolves around insulin, something bears can adjust their sensitivity to based on their activity. That may be difficult to emulate in humans, but could eventually result in drugs that cure obesity while also fulfilling an ideal set by the Romans centuries ago: eating massive amounts of food without our hearts exploding.

Anybody familiar with the medical science underlying the ketogenic diet will be vastly unsurprised at the crucial role played by insulin in the regulation of body weight

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Bill Quick

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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