A team from Purdue University has developed a technique to convert the white fat (e.g. beer belly fat) into brown which is more easily burned.

The word fat is a familiar word, it is the stuff that all too easily accumulates around our bellies and thighs. However there is the white fat and the brown fat with the brown one considered healthier.

A research that has been ongoing for about four years has seen the crew from Purdue University, Indiana U.S.A. develop a technique to convert white fat to the healthier brown fat which the body can burn easily. Their technique involves loading nano-particles with an existing drug like Dibenzazepine and injecting them into white fat deposits in the body.

Belly fat
Fat cells can be concentrated around the belly. When the white fat accumulates in the same place longer, it creates loose flab, stretches the skin, and more important can elevate the risk of heart disease.

 

Their work which is based on a process called Notch signaling, and is a potential breakthrough for the treatment of obesity and diabetes.

Links: Purdue University

 

See a YouTube video on boosting brown fat:

 

Nanoparticles? A nanoparticle (or nanopowder or nanocluster or nanocrystal) is a microscopic particle with at least one dimension less than 100 nm. Nanoparticle research is currently an area of intense scientific research, due to a wide variety of potential applications in biomedical, optical, and electronic fields.

 


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