CBC reports that researchers at McMaster university have found a way to "restore metabolism to youth levels," potentially allowing for the treatment of obesity and diabetes.
Published in Nature Medicine Monday, researchers from McMaster University show that by inhibiting the hormone serotonin found in the gut of mice, the body's natural furnace, a lesser-known organ called brown adipose tissue, is more active and burns more calories.
Brown adipose tissue is found near the collar bone, and is also known as brown fat. It has no relation to white fat, the fat stores found all over the body, and was previously thought to only exist in rodents, hibernating animals and children, says the paper's co-author Gregory Steinberg, a professor of medicine at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.
“Our results are quite striking and indicate that inhibiting the production of [serotonin] may be very effective for reversing obesity and related metabolic diseases including diabetes," Steinberg said.
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