Exercise can turn bad white fat into its healthier, calorie-burning brown version, and may help keep diabetes at bay, according to research.
Men who trained for 12 weeks on an exercise bicycle showed a browning of their subcutaneous white adipose tissue in a study presented today at the American Diabetes Association meeting in Chicago. In a separate study in mice, brown fat was linked with better glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, suggesting the substance may play a role in preventing diabetes.
Enlarge image Exercise Turns Bad Fat to Good in Study Suggesting Benefits
Exercise can turn bad white fat into its healthier, calorie-burning brown version, and may help keep diabetes at bay, according to research. Photographer: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
The results build on earlier studies showing brown fat, previously thought to be active only in babies and children, contains calorie-burning properties and may help protect against age-related weight gain. Today’s study also suggests that exercise is beneficial even if it doesn’t result in weight loss, researchers said.
“Our results showed that exercise doesn’t just have beneficial effects on muscle, it also affects fat,” Kristin Stanford, a postdoctoral fellow at Joslin Diabetes Center in Lanham, Maryland, said in a statement. “It’s clear that when fat gets trained, it becomes browner and more metabolically active. We think there are factors being released into the bloodstream from the healthier fat that are working on other tissues.”
To determine brown fat’s metabolic effects, researchers transplanted fat from mice that ran on an exercise wheel for 11 days into sedentary, high-fat mice, and saw improvements that lasted for at least 12 weeks. The fat that was more brown was associated with better body composition, a reduction in fat mass and improved insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake in mice. Those effects in humans weren’t determined.
The studies were funded by the American Diabetes Association and the National Institutes of Health. The trial in humans comprised 10 healthy men.
“Our work provides greater motivation than ever to get out there and exercise,” Stanford said.
By Meg Tirrell
Complete Article Link Here:
In Response: I always knew exercise was beneficial to not only weight loss but a healthier overall body. However, I didn’t know how the fat itself was a key factor in how healthy a person can be. This is a pretty interesting study. I was glad I stumbled on this article today. Be as it may, I will try to add a follow up on this if I come across more information relating to this!
Metabolic Cooking: Dave Ruel And Karine Losier Reveal 250 Quick And Easy Fat Torching Recipes Made From Ingredients With A High Metabolic Thermo-Charge To Satisfy Your Taste Buds And Burn Fat Faster!
Click here to visit the official Dave Ruel and Karine Losier Metabolic Cooking website to purchase and download the Metabolic Cooking PDF ebook and complete fat burning cookbook. Gain instant access to amazing tips, “weird” insider advice, and more than 250 easy to prepare “metabolic” recipes and done-for-you-meal plans to give your body the proper nutrition it needs to burn fat all day long with the help of professional bodybuilder and “Muscle Cook”, Dave Ruel, and the “Lean Kitchen Queen”, Karine Losier.
Plus, learn the top 10 cooking and nutritional rules you MUST follow if you want to burn fat, how you can make amazing meals that will fight the Metabolic Adaptation Phenomenon to prevent your fat loss from coming to a screeching halt, and exactly how Dave and Karine’s step-by-step cooking instructions inside the Metabolic Cooking download will help you maintain your sexy physique all year long, even if you’re on a shoe-string budget…