Researchers Have a Solution That Might Answer All Questions Pertaining to Obesity

Researchers Have a Solution That Might Answer All Questions Pertaining to Obesit

There have been many studies on obesity whose main motive was to understand better ways to burn excess fat. A lot of studies have also shown that the easiest way to lose fat is to burn calories. Now many would term it as an unlikely situation, but a research conducted at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has found a way in which ordinary fat cells can be reengineered to burn calories.

It has been a long-known fact that there are two forms of fat in humans, namely white and brown. The white fat cells are known to be the calorie storing cells, where as brown fat cells are calorie burning cells. However there was a cloud of mystery surrounding how these white cells are converted onto brown cells because with the increase in age of humans these brown cells tend to deteriorate. In other words we call it as decrease in metabolism. The Scientists now believe to have found the answer to that switch which just might lead to the solution for human obesity.

While working on effects of a common diabetes drugs on mice, the researchers came across a protein called PRDM16. This protein which is also found in humans is believed to transform the commonly found calorie storing white cells into calorie burning brown fat cells, which are known to aid in weight loss.

A lot of testing needs to be done and it has to be proven safe in clinical tests before it is termed as a novel way of attaining weight loss. The existing diet drugs work on the principal of restricting the intake of calories; by blocking the absorption of fat. If this new protein is termed safe, it will open a Pandora’s Box for future obesity drugs as it has the compounds that trigger the burning of calories in people faster.

User login


More from Africa

Thousands of people participated in "Race for the Cure" in Michiana
Sun, 04/29/2012 - 07:07

Despite bad weather, thousands of people on Saturday participated in "Race for the Cure" in Michiana to raise awareness about breast cancer.

...

Nigeria Update

Leading Telecommunication Companies Receive Warning to Offer Good Services in Ni
Sat, 10/29/2011 - 09:32

Yesterday, the renowned cellphone company MTN, which credits for being the largest service...


Economy Watch

Group Five Continues To Increase Its Spell Globally
Wed, 11/30/2011 - 09:38

On Tuesday, the Chief Executive Officer of the renowned construction firm GroupFive, Mike Upton...


Politics

Dalai Lama’s Visa Comes Under The Scanner
Sat, 10/01/2011 - 11:10

It has been reported that Tibet's Dalai Lama would be coming to Witwatersrand University as a...


UK News

Arrowe-Park-Hospital
Tue, 04/24/2012 - 08:06

Winter vomiting bug has surely affected a lot of lives with many wards of various hospitals...


US News

US Observes April as Autism Awareness Month
Thu, 04/05/2012 - 09:42

As per a recent report being released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),...