Scientists Find "Beige Fat" in Adults
A few years back, researchers found small deposits of brown fat—a type of fat that burns calories to generate heat—in adults, which they'd previously thought existed only in babies to help them stay warm. Now, scientists are backpedaling a bit. A study found that the brown fat in adults may actually be "beige fat," a distinct form of fat that has characteristics of both brown and white fat, the standard calorie-storing type. Beige fat still busts calories, so scientists are searching for molecules that activate beige fat to develop into medications to treat obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Source: Cell, published online July 10, 2012