Do Angry Drunks Have A Lower Risk Of Becoming Obese?


By Cooking Panda

According to research, angry drunks may be shielded from conditions associated with obesity.

In previous research, investigators at the University of Helsinki established that a point mutation in a serotonin 2B receptor gene may render an individual prone to reckless behavior, especially while intoxicated.

“The results also indicate that persons with this mutation are more impulsive by nature even when sober, and they are more likely to struggle with self-control or mood disorders,” explained psychiatrist and the study’s lead researcher Dr. Roope Tikkanen, as reported by a University of Helsinki press release.

However, the research team also discovered that the same gene point mutation may protect these individuals from insulin resistance and obesity, conditions associated with type 2 diabetes.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, consisted of 98 Finnish men aged 25 to 50 with antisocial personality disorder diagnoses. Their BMI, insulin sensitivity, and beta cell activity were examined throughout the process.

According to the study’s results, carriers of the serotonin 2B gene point mutation had lower BMIs and higher insulin sensitivity than individuals without the point mutation. Although men with low levels of testosterone are generally more prone to metabolic disorders, this trend was reversed among men with the point mutation, as low levels of testosterone were correlated with an increased level of insulin sensitivity.

“It is fascinating to think that this receptor mutation which has been passed through the chain of evolution would impact both the brain as impulsive behavior and energy metabolism,” said Tikkanen, according to EurekAlert.

Tikkanen theorized that the effect of high levels of testosterone plus the mutation may have been essential for survival during prehistoric times.

“We could speculate that the compound effect the mutation and testosterone have on energy metabolism may have been beneficial in the cool, nutrition-poor environment after the Ice Age, particularly for men with a high physiological level of testosterone — they would have survived with a lower calorie intake,” Tikkanen theorized. “Simultaneously, the aggression associated with high levels of testosterone may have helped them compete for food.”

Although this study did not focus on women, researchers believe female carriers of the mutation would be similarly protected.

“One would assume that the effect would be particularly pronounced in women, who naturally have lower levels of testosterone than men,” Tikkanen said.

Sources: EurekAlert, University of Helsinki / Photo credit: McMenamins

Tags: alcoholic beverages, angry drunk, Finland, gene point mutation, research, serotonin 2B receptor, University of Helsinki
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Whopping News: Burger King Just Opened A Spa In Finland


By Cooking Panda

No, you didn’t read that wrong. Burger King has officially opened a fully functional spa in Helsinki, Finland, and the world will never be the same again.

Seeing as Finland is the sauna capital of the world, the decision isn’t (quite) and strange as you might think. The fast-food giant has announced that its new spa will include showers, locker rooms, a 15-person sauna, a media lounge, and several big-screen televisions to help customers relax. Clientele will also be offered Burger King towels and burgers as they enjoy their sauna experience, because there’s nothing that screams “high end spa” like eating whoppers and rubbing your body with fast-food logos.

Before you start planning a trip to Helsinki, though, you should know that this unique experience doesn’t exactly come cheap. Three hours in Burger King’s new spa will cost you a cool $280. However, if eating a burger in a sauna sounds like your ideal experience, the price might be worth it. While food products are becoming increasingly important to the beauty industry, we doubt if there is anywhere else in the world that combines fast-food hamburgers with an expensive spa!

Luckily, if this sounds like you but you don’t see yourself making it to Finland in the near future, we have a solution. Head to your nearest beauty store and pick up an at-home face mask before swinging by your nearest Burger King and grabbing your burger of choice. It’ll cost a lot less than $280, and if you close your eyes, you might even be able to imagine that you’re in Helsinki! 

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Tags: Burger King, Finland, Helsinki, spa, Whopper
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