Living at high altitude may cause weight loss May 11 2015

The is reporting on a Spanish research study from the University of Navarra that has concluded that people who live at high altitudes are 13% less likely to become overweight or obese. The results are linked to low oxygen intake, or hypoxia, which causes production of leptin and hormones involved in appetite control. These combined factors can lead to both less oxygen and less food being required to obtain energy, which leads to feeling less hungry.

Dr Maira Bes-Rastrollo, of the University of Navarro, who led the study, said: “While it might not be realistic to expect everyone to move further uphill to reduce obesity levels, it is encouraging to see this effect occurred at only 450m altitude. The results are in agreement with potential biological mechanisms that are caused by hypoxia.”

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