North American deer mice pups have adapted to extreme cold conditions in an unusual way.
Mice pups living on mountain tops reserve their energy for growth rather than warmth. When they get too cold, they conserve energy by slowing down their metabolic processes.
White fat cells are usually found beneath the skin and in the abdominal cavity.
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We all have white and brown fat cells – but recent research shows there’s a third type, called “beige” cells.
As keen as we may be to hear about any health benefits of drinking coffee, the headlines aren’t always what they seem.
Caffeine may be able to increase the function of what we call ‘brown fat’. But we shouldn’t immediately scramble for the closest long black or flat white and expect to see the kilos drop.
Scientists manage to boost brown fat in mice with a molecule called BMP8b. Could this be the future for treating obesity?
No, having a cold shower won’t make you lose weight.
Cold showers have been recommended to activate brown fat, but they are unlikely to yield any health benefit.
Scientists thought they were closing in on one great new treatment but may have found another instead.
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The potential health benefits of energy-burning brown and beige fat might be not the effect on weight, but rather on blood sugar and cholesterol.
Cooler temperatures increase the amount of heat-generating brown fat in people, according to research from Sydney being presented…
Shiver me timbers.
Shivering is not an activity many of us enjoy. We do it because we are cold and uncomfortable. But perhaps the news that it could have some of the same benefits as moderate bouts of exercise will stop…