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Boosting body heat production: A new approach for treating obesity – EurekAlert

Targeting a heat production ‘brake’ on fat tissues may be a safer way to treat obesity than current medication.

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IMAGE: Co-senior author Dr Yan-Chuan Shi
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Credit: Garvan Institute
A receptor that helps conserve energy when food is scarce may be the key to a safer approach to treating diet-induced obesity, research led by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research has revealed.
In a study using experimental models and fat tissue biopsies from obese individuals, the team revealed that blocking a specific receptor of the molecule neuropeptide Y (NPY), which helps our body regulate its heat production,…

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