Activating "Beige" Cells to Lose Weight. http://www.dailyrxnews.com/beiging-darker-cells-inside-fat-could-spur-weight-loss-and-prevent-diabetes-upenn-study-says
Doctors could one day activate beige cells inside fat to help patients lose weight and prevent diabetes.
A new study from the University of Pennsylvania has found that "beiging," or activating a beige cell that lives among white fat in the body, could prevent diabetes and facilitate weight loss.
White fat stores energy from calories which results in fat stored in the body, while brown fat burns calories to generate body heat, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). About five percent of fat in babies' bodies is brown fat, but brown fat was not discovered in human adults, where it is stored in the shoulders and neck, until 2009. White fat is composed of larger cells than brown fat, and the presence of brown fat has been linked to lower weight.
Some darker cells can also be found within white fat. These cells, called beige adipocytes, can be activated when the body is exposed to the cold or burns fat or carbohydrates, according to the study authors.
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