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iNKT cells

The Fat Get Fatter: Obese People Lose Immune Cells That Protect Against Obesity

Researchers have discovered a type of immune cell in the body that fights obesity and may prevent the onset of metabolic syndrome, which can be a precursor to conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Here's the catch, though -- subjects in the study who were already obese showed diminished counts of theseĀ invariant natural killer T-cells (iNKT) suggesting that while your body will help to defend you from becoming obese, it's only to a point. Abusing the privilege may see these fat-fighting cells throw in the towel and storm out in disgust as you put away yet another helping from the Extra Value Menu, and really, who can blame them?

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