Scientists discover drug that increases ‘good’ fat mass and function

Brown fat is different than the more commonly known white fat, which stores energy. In adults, people with higher amounts of brown fat have lower body mass, and increasing brown fat by as little as 50 grams could lead up to a 10 to 20-pound weight loss in 1 year. If we can create additional stores of brown fat and boost its function in the body, we could burn off the energy stored in white fat more easily.

Key Takeaways:

  • Brown fat is different than the more commonly known white fat, which stores energy. In contrast, brown fat helps the body burn energy through heat.
  • “All current weight loss drugs control appetite, and there is nothing on the market that targets energy expenditure.
  • To test how well Bex controls body weight, the scientists fed mice a high-calorie diet for 4 weeks, but they only treated half of the mice with the drug.

“Brown fat is different than the more commonly known white fat, which stores energy. In contrast, brown fat helps the body burn energy through heat.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170117140122.htm

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