It’s good news for all who suffer from body fat and obesity. After an extensive research, the researchers have developed a new type of skin patch that helps in reducing the body fat and obesity by turning energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat.
The researchers said that brown fats are abundant in babies which help to keep the baby warm by burning energy. However, the brown fats get replaced by visceral white fats with aging.
“What we aim to develop is a painless patch that everyone could use easily, is unobtrusive and yet affordable. Most importantly, our solution aims to use a person’s own body fats to burn more energy, which is a natural process in babies,” said Chen Peng, the professor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
The new type of skin patch is replete with multiple micro-needles which are filled with the drug Beta-3 adrenergic receptor agonist or another drug called thyroid hormone T3 triiodothyronine.
As soon as the patch is pressed into the skin, these micro-needles gets implanted into the skin and separate from the patch, which can then be removed.
With the degradation of needles, the drug molecules diffuse slowly to the energy-storing white fat beneath the skin layer and later turn them into energy-burning brown fats.
“With the embedded micro-needles in the skin of the mice, the surrounding fats started browning in five days, which helped to increase the energy expenditure of the mice, leading to a reduction in body fat gain,” said Xu Chenjie, assistant professor at NTU.
If this method comes into existence, it would be boon for the several hundreds of thousands of people across the globe who are suffering from the obesity problems.
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