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UTMB researchers: Brown fat protects against diabetes and obesity in humans - The Galveston County Daily News : Local News

November 26, 2014

UTMB researchers: Brown fat protects against diabetes and obesity in humans

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:39 pm

GALVESTON — Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have shown for the first time that people with higher levels of brown fat, or brown adipose tissue, in their bodies have better blood sugar control, higher insulin sensitivity and a better metabolism for burning fat stores.

Their findings suggest that because of the brown fat’s ability to better regulate blood sugar, this could be a potential medical weapon against diabetes.

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