Might this product be a noninvasive alternative to liposuction?
In a new study, scientists describe the development of a skin patch that has the potential to “melt” the most dangerous abdominal away. Researchers reveal how the novel patch delivered fat-browning drugs directly to the so-called love handles of obese mice. This not only reduced the amount of excess fat in the rodents by a fifth, but it also led to a reduction in fasting blood glucose levels. Study co-leader Li Qiang, Ph.D., of the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, NY, and colleagues say that while the patch is yet to be tested in humans, the current study brings us closer to a noninvasive technique for the treatment of obesity and diabetes. The skin patch works by converting “bad” white fat into “good” brown fat. White fat, also called white adipose tissue, is a type of fat the body stores as an energy reserve. However, having too much of this fat, particularly around the abdominal region, can raise the risk of numerous health problems, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Brown fat, or brown adipose tissue, is preferable to white fat as it burns energy. With this in mind, researchers have been searching for strategies to increase brown fat in humans, with the aim of lowering the risk of obesity and its associated health conditions. — The researchers recently reported their findings in the journal ACS Nano.