In mammals, melatonin not only increases recruitment of brown adipocytes but also elevates their metabolic activity…
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Brown adipose tissue or BAT is specifically designed to turn calories into heat, thereby significantly affecting metabolic rate.
The current theory is that people who have more BAT, are more obesity resistant and can better handle excess calories. It is estimated that just 50 grams of BAT may help burn several hundred extra calories per day.
This discovery has spawned a huge interest into the functioning and regulation of BAT amongst obesity researchers and many are looking into possible ways of increasing the amount of BAT or of stimulating it to burn more calories.
Dr. Arya M. Sharma, MD/PhD, FRCPC is Professor of Medicine & Chair for Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is also the Medical Director of the Edmonton Capital Health Region’s interdisciplinary Weight Wise Program.
Dr. Sharma is also the Scientific Director of the Canadian Obesity Network funded through the federal Networks of Centres Excellence program. Dr. Sharma has authored and co-authored more than 250 scientific articles and has lectured widely on the etiology and management of obesity and related cardiovascular disorders. He sends his informative messages through his blog Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes.
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