Fat Research May Lead to New Treatments for Obesity

(NEW YORK) -- A recent study revealing that scientists have found a way to turn white, bad fat into brown, good fat, may lead to new obesity treatments, Health Day reports.
White fat stores energy, causing weight gain, while brown fat burns energy, preventing obesity, says the health news service. The fat caused by white fat cells that accumulates around organs in the belly has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, the researchers said. During the study, they found a way to make white fat take on the characteristics of brown fat by blocking vitamin A metabolism in white fat, according to Health Day.

These findings could lead to new ways to treat obesity and its complications. The study was published on Sunday, May 6 in the online edition of the journal Nature Medicine.

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