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UNM researcher on a mission to transform fat cells

Colton Shone
November 26, 2018 05:27 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – UNM Health Science researchers are looking into ways that people can melt their fat.

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Dr. Meilian Liu said the body's bad fat, which is white, can lead to obesity-related diseases. She said the good fat is brown and uses fat cells as energy.

Dr. Liu and her fellow researchers are trying to find a way to turn white fat into "beige" fat through a “browning” process, which she said could lead to weight loss.

However, she said it’s a step-by-step process.

"No. 1, stimulate the good fat. No. 2, prevent obesity. No. 3, also potentially treat insulin-resistance and diabetes," she said.

Dr. Liu says there is a way for the body to brown white fat without pharmaceuticals.

"Skip dinner, twice a week," she said.

However, the results may take a while to be seen and may only be temporary.

Dr, Liu is in the process of figuring out if a skin patch that releases a hormone could also brown white fat.

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