Brown-Paper Intro: Learning to love our Fat
Retrieved by Pat Darnell and the Hive
[Source] While the Material Girl is digging deep into her own pockets to help earthquake victims in her ancestral land, Fat might become the new commodity. It's called brown fat; maybe we could bail ourselves out by selling Daddy's fat on the market.
We should be doing something with all the extra fat around, no? "Dr. Francesco Celi, an endocrinology and metabolism researcher at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, said the studies show this fat burns large amounts of energy.
"So it could be used as a target" for a pill that would somehow rev up the fat," he said.
Studies of 'good' fat could help with weight loss
LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP [Breitbart]
"I don't want to use the word 'exercise-in-a-pill,' but it's doing something (that's) getting rid of calories," he said, adding that any obesity treatment developed around the fat could be a potential treatment for diabetes as well.
The studies were published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.
The good fat is actually brownish, while the more predominant bad fat is white or yellow. Brown fat is stored mostly around the neck and under the collarbone. White fat tends to concentrate around the waistline, where it stores excess energy and releases chemicals that control metabolism and the use of insulin.
All three research groups documented the presence and activity of the brown fat by examining tissue samples from some patients and using high-tech imaging that indicated how much sugar, and therefore calories, the fat burned.