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BROWN FAT

TURNING WHITE FAT TO BROWN MAY HELP IN WEIGHT LOSS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Brown fat is a type of adipose tissue found largely in infants, and since itís full of mitochondria, those little cellular power packs, itís both metabolically active and dark in color. But as we age our fat turns white, and becomes more metabolically stubborn to use as an energy source. Now Sheng Bi and colleagues at Johns Hopkins have found a way to turn white fat to brown.

BI: In our research we can turn down one peptide and when that silenced we can turn the white fat, also called bad fat, into brown fat, also called good fat.       :14

Bi says the possibilities are exciting for those who want to lose weight.

BI: If we can activate this process that may turn out to combating obesity.       :06

Bi says we canít turn all our fat brown as we need some of the stuff, but hopes such a strategy will be possible for weight management soon. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.

 

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