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Collecting Fat

Study sheds light on how it accumulates in your body

TUESDAY, Nov. 5, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- A new Dutch study offers a better understanding of the factors that control the buildup of fat in our bodies.

The researchers found that a part of our autonomic nervous system may be involved in the complex mechanisms that create fatty tissue. The study appears in the current issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

The Dutch researchers looked at the role of the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS). It controls our bodies during what are called "rest and digest" situations. That's when our bodies are relaxed and digestion is increased.

In this study with rats, the researchers found that PSNS does seem to play a role in creation of fatty tissues.

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Here's a site that explains how fat cells work.

SOURCE: Journal of Clinical Investigation, news release, Nov. 5, 2002
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