Australian scientist has shown that a special type of fat that burns energy to produce heat may also help to keep blood sugar stable in adults. To minimize fluctuations in blood sugar (blood glucose) concentration “Brown” or “good” fat can be helpful in adults.
According to Paul Lee from Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research
“Brown fat takes up so much glucose that we wondered whether brown fat could affect the concentration of glucose in the blood – and whether, therefore, brown fat-targeted therapies might help control diabetes,”
“It looks like the more brown fat one has, the more influence it has on blood glucose, Sitting just above the collarbone and in the neck, brown fat acts like a heat generator, helping to keep us warm by burning sugar and fat.
The team wanted to measure brown fat activity in a group of 15 healthy adults over 12 hours in which a small thermometer was placed over the collarbone of participants.
Measuring skin temperature at the collarbone can allow us to estimate brown fat activity. Skin temperature measuring of the collarbone can allow us to estimate brown fat activity. Participants who had larger deposits of brown fat had less fluctuation in blood glucose — and blood glucose fell after each peak of brown fat activity surge.