The sim­ple skin patch that melts fat from body

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

RE­SEARCHERS in the US have de­vel­oped a skin patch that can melt fat in mice, giv­ing hope that fu­ture tests will show it can be used to treat obe­sity and di­a­betes in peo­ple.

The patch uses nan­otech­nol­ogy to raise the body’s me­tab­o­lism and trans­form en­ergy-stor­ing white fat into en­ergy-burn­ing brown fat, ac­cord­ing to a report in a pub­li­ca­tion of the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal So­ci­ety. Af­ter four weeks, mice saw a 20 per cent re­duc­tion in body fat where the patch was ap­plied.

“Many peo­ple will no doubt be ex­cited to learn that we may be able to offer a non-in­va­sive al­ter­na­tive to li­po­suc­tion for re­duc­ing love han­dles,” study co-author Li Qiang, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of pathol­ogy and cell bi­ol­ogy at Columbia Univer­sity’s med­i­cal cen­tre in New York, said.

Re­searchers have been search­ing for a way to trans­form white fat into brown fat, which is more com­mon in new­borns and pro­tects the body from cold tem­per­a­tures.

Drugs are avail­able to pro­mote this process but they must be given as pills or in­jec­tions, which ex­poses the body to side-ef­fects such as stom­ach up­set, weight gain and bone frac­tures, Qiang said.

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