September 27, 2011

A pathway to good fat

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Conventional wisdom would have you believe that all body fat is bad. However discoveries in modern science have proven that there is good and bad fat on the body.

The bad fat is white adipose tissue and stores fat. The good fat is brown adipose tissue and burns fat. The trick is figuring-out how to make the body composition more brown fat than white fat.

Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center may have found the holy grail to triggering the pathway to developing brown fat.

A paper from 2005 indicated that there were two pathways that helped stimulate the production of brown fat. The research appearing in the October 2011 issue of Endocrinology identifies where the two pathways to grow brown fat start. Both pathways, to good fat and to bad fat, start with insulin.

Researchers hope to conduct further studies to find ways to potentially grow brown fat cells for transplantation into people. Another option researchers are considering would be to develop a drug to stimulate brown fat growth.

It’s all very new but terribly exciting. Who knew fat on the body could be good?

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