Metabolic Efficiency and Fuel Usage (UCP2)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Author FitnessGenes

Metabolic Efficiency and Fuel Usage (UCP2)

Unlike UCP1, uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) is not thought to play a major role in producing heat (non-shivering thermogenesis). Rather, it protects against cell damage, controls insulin secretion and regulates the type of fuel we use for respiration.

This trait look at variants of your UCP2 gene. These gene variants can change how likely you are to burn fat and glutamine as fuel sources rather than glucose. This can impact how you use fuel during exercise, and how you metabolise and store fat. UCP2 gene variants also alter the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are molecules produced during respiration that can cause tissue damage. 

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