Brown Fat Transplants for Weight Loss?

This was one of the more odd things I found today. A post about transplanting brown fat to lose weight. Obviously this is an extreme weight loss technique, but maybe holds promise? Hard to say. I’d recommend the “old school” approach of eating less calories than you burn.


[Right now it has only been used on mice. Not sure when or if human trials are coming.]

Highlights from the article:

Mice given brown fat transplants lose weight and avoid the kinds of metabolic changes that lead to type 2 diabetes, even on high-fat diets, a new study shows.

Scientists have tried brown fat transplants before but they haven’t worked very well, says researcher Laurie J. Goodyear, PhD, head of the Section on Integrative Physiology and Metabolism at Harvard’s Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.

‘Dramatic Effects’ After eight weeks, mice that got injections of brown fat processed blood sugar more normally, had less insulin resistance, and were leaner than mice given placebo procedures.

Carpentier studies brown fat in people, but he was not involved in the current research.

Carpentier says if more studies show that brown fat can safely be increased in the body, it could one day become a tool to fight weight gain and diabetes.

Link: Brown Fat Transplants May Spur Weight Loss.