In metabolic disorders such as type II diabetes and obesity, fat is increasingly stored in the organs. As a result, the heart muscle is often damaged and its function impaired. Guenter Haemmerle from the BioHealth research group at the University of Graz and his team are investigating the molecular mechanisms of lipid metabolism in the heart. In the course of their research, they discovered that too much fat in the heart is not necessarily a problem, as long as it is stored “properly” to serve as an energy supply when needed. The bioscientists published their findings, which are relevant with regard to therapeutic measures for metabolic disorders, in the journal “Cardiovascular Research”.