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Fat Research May Lead to New Treatments for Obesity

(NEW YORK) -- A recent study revealing that scientists have found a way to turn white, bad fat into brown, good fat, may lead to new obesity treatments, Health Day reports.
White fat stores energy, causing weight gain, while brown fat burns energy, preventing obesity, says the health news service. The fat caused by white fat cells that accumulates around organs in the belly has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, the researchers said. During the study, they found a way to make white fat take on the characteristics of brown fat by blocking vitamin A metabolism in white fat, according to Health Day.

These findings could lead to new ways to treat obesity and its complications. The study was published on Sunday, May 6 in the online edition of the journal Nature Medicine.

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Early Prediction of Diabetes May be Possible, Study Says

Comstock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- A study claims there may be a way to predict early on who is at risk of developing diabetes.

Current tests available to doctors have not been able to help predict who is at risk of developing the disease. However, the findings of a study published in Nature Medicine say this soon may change. The study was conducted by the Massachusetts General Hospital and looked at levels of five proteins in the blood of patients who were at a high risk of developing diabetes based on weight and fasting blood sugar.

The study found that of the 2,422 individuals observed over a 12-year period, 201 individuals developed diabetes. According to researchers, the findings indicate that the levels of the five proteins were significantly associated with future diabetes. Researchers say that such protein profiling may help to detect patients who have a high risk of developing diabetes before they actually develop the disease.

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