Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Cooler Temperatures Stimulate Beneficial Brown Fat

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Cooler Temperatures Stimulate Beneficial Brown Fat

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Recent studies have revealed that long-term exposure to cooler environments could lead to weight loss and healthier living. When we are cold, our body stimulates the conversion of energy storing white fat into energy burning brown fat or 'good fat', which promotes a method of losing weight.

Dr Paul Lee, an endocrinologist from Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research, undertook studies which exposed a specific hormonal process that turns white fat cells into brown fat cells which burn energy and glucose in order to protect us from the cold and make heat. In previous studies, Dr Paul Lee and his team have shown that those with an abundance of brown fat stores tend to be healthier, with lower blood sugar levels and enhanced leanness.

This new research has further shown how this 'good fat' can be stimulated and regulated in humans in order to obtain its metabolic benefits. Dr Paul Lee and his team's study followed the accumulation of brown fat and energy levels in a temperature-controlled study over a period of four months. …

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