Scientists Develop New Patch to Reduce Belly Fat

Published By : 29 Dec 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Scientists at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, have developed a whole new approach of curtailing belly fats that involves a novel way of delivering drugs that turn white fat that stores energy into brown fat that burns energy through a micro-needle patch. In a successful trial, the researchers managed to reduce the fat mass of a mice that was on a high fat diet by more than 30% over a period of four weeks.

This new skin patch constitutes of numerous micro-needles with each of them thinner in comparison to human hair and are equipped with fat burning drugs such as thyroid hormone T3 triiodothyronine and Beta-3 adrenergic receptor agonist. Within a couple of minutes of pressing the patch into the skin, the micro-needles get embedded in the skin and consequently detach from the patch, which can be later removed.

Over a course of period, the needles degrade and the drug molecules steadily dissolve into the energy storing white fat in the first layer of skin and slowly turn them into brown fat that is healthier and reduce belly weight. Primarily, brown fats are associated with new born babies and helps in keeping the body warm as a way of burning energy.

It must be noted that obesity has quickly emerged as a serious problem across the world, hurting a large population base via heart diseases and type-2 diabetes. According to the estimations of the World Health Organization (WHO), about 1.9 billion adults suffered from overweightness in 2016, with a prominent chunk of them coming into the category of obese.

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