There are two types of fat in our bodies one is good fat and another is bad fat. The good type of fat helps burn the calories to keep us warm and the bad fat caches the calories promoting to gain weight and obesity. Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered a solution to convert bad, white fat into good, brown fat
The new research increased the expectation for developing more efficient treatments, in people, as a solution to the obesity and diabetes.
White fat stores calories and packs our hips, bellies and thighs. Alongside brown fat, burn calories using heat generating process and found near our shoulders and necks.
The researchers identified a “beige fat,” which is a type of fat in between white and brown. They revealed that blocking the activity of a particular protein in white fat converted the brown into beige fat.
Irfan J. Lodhi, PhD, first author of the study said, “Our goal is to find a way to treat or prevent obesity.” “Our research suggests that by targeting a protein in white fat, we can convert bad fat into a type of fat that fights obesity.”
The research revealed that in United States, more than two-third of adults are either obese or overweight and around 30 million people are suffering from diabetes. The scientists suggest that effective therapies like converting their bad fat into good fat could reduce these numbers.
The teams of researchers are trying to accomplish the result in humans without causing them to overheat, as beige fat produces heats.