If you thought all fat was created equal, it turns out you were wrong. Researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia found that brown fat plays a role in regulating glucose levels.
Researchers found brown fat consumes glucose in natural rhythms that would help provide warmth in the winter.
"For modern humans who do not rely on it for cold protection, the energy-consuming brown fat rhythm may act as a glucose buffer, smoothing glucose fluctuations and lessening the stress on the pancreas," said study author Paul Lee.
What It Means
Poor glucose control can lead to a number of dangerous diabetes complications. Brown fat might help regulate those glucose fluctuations.
More research needs to be done, however, to see if any beneficial effects will be gained in the long term. "While interesting and promising, brown fat is not the solution to finding a cure for diabetes, at least not now," said Lee. "A balanced diet and regular exercise are the cornerstones of healthy metabolism and should not be forgotten."
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