Large Study Reveals Prevalence, Health Benefits of Brown Fat

Large Study Reveals Prevalence, Health Benefits of Brown Fat

It’s long been known that babies have brown fat, but it had been thought this fat generally vanished as children grew up. That’s because brown fat actually burns extra calories, instead of storing it in the way the more familiar white fat does. It’s also known that women are more likely to have brown fat than men and that the amount of brown fat tends to decline with age. Researchers not only want to figure out why some adults have so much more brown fat than others, they want to explore whether brown fat produces hormones that may add to its calorie-burning benefits. Links:Paul Cohen (The Rockefeller University, New York, NY)Heiko Schöder (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY)Andreas Wibmer (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY)NIH Support: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

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