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Study Examines How Brown Fat Burns Calories in Adults  


Tecido adiposo multilocular brown adipose tissue

Tecido adiposo multilocular brown adipose tissue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brown adipose tissue (often known as brown fat) is a specialized tissue that burns calories to generate body heat in newborn humans.

Recently, adult humans have also been found to possess brown fat. This fact is of great interest to researchers seeking to combat the obesity epidemic. Their objective is to  develop ways to increase the amount of brown fat a person has that person will become slimmer.


One concern is it has never actually been shown definitively that brown fat in adult humans can burn energy. Now however, a team of researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec; and Université Laval, Quebec City, Quebec has provided this evidence, showing that when healthy adult men are exposed to cold their brown fat burns energy to generate body heat. Interestingly, it did not burn energy at warm temperatures.


The research appears in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Researchers from Stockholm University in Sweden believe the data have significant implications for the current human obesity epidemic.


Most important, is finding a way to make sure that the brown fat is active and burns calories.


Story Source:

Journal of Clinical Investigation.


Journal References:

“Brown adipose tissue oxidative metabolism contributes to energy expenditure during acute cold exposure in humans.”

Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2012;


“Yes, even human brown fat is on fire!”

Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2012;


Journal of Clinical Investigation (2012, January)

“Brown fat burns calories in adult humans”   This article is for informational and educational purposes only;  It is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your doctor or healthcare professional.


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