By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A new Nature Genetics study suggests that a genetic locus linked to lower body fat levels also ups heart disease and type 2 diabetes risk.

"[I]t is not only overweight individuals who can be predisposed for these metabolic diseases, and lean individuals shouldn't make assumptions that they are healthy based on their appearance," senior author Ruth Loos, a researcher with the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge, UK, said in a statement.

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