Grizzly bears master healthy obesity

Tuned insulin signals may keep animals free of diabetes

By Meghan Rosen, 13:20 PM August 11, 2014

Grizzly bears have figured out how to be fat and fit.


Though the animals beef up before hibernating, they may avoid diabetes by tweaking signals in fat cells, researchers report in the Aug. 5 Cell Metabolism.


Whether scientists will be able to use the signals to develop drugs for humans is uncertain, says molecular biologist Sandy Martin of the University of Colorado Denver. “But it’s certainly worth pursuing,” she says. “There’s a huge amount we can learn from bears. They actually manage obe...

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