An injection that can target areas of stubborn fat?: image via phyzio.comAre you still hoping for a magic pill that will instantly get rid of your spare tire, the fat under your arms, or your oversized thighs? This is not about a pill, but an injection scientists are working on, and it doesn't work instantly, but it does seem to work - at least on preliminary tests in mice.
A multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Ohio State University and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute have successfully tested injections of genetically modified animal fat-burning cells on obese mice, causing them to burn more than 10 percent of their weight in one month and 20 percent of their weight in two months, despite being on a high-calorie diet during that time.
Using those brown fat cells from animals, thermocytes, Dr Ouliana Ziouzenkova, lead researcher, and her team, set out to look for a way to reduce specific fat deposits that can be deleterious to health, specifically visceral fat that can lead to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In discovering that the injections did work on visceral fat, the researchers also noticed that the thermocyte injections were successful at burning the fat no matter where the injection sites were, leading them to conclude that the injections have wide applications for body sculpting!
Xenotransplantation, the transplant of animal cells into humans, is not without its difficulties, but the team found that by encasing the cells in plastic-like microcapsules, the fat burning cells were not recognized or fought by the immune system as they were released, so that they could do their thing. When released into the stubborn fat portions of the mouse's body, the thermocytes converted the mouse body fat into other thermocytes, fat burners, with the only negative side effect being a minor irritation.
Even if you lose weight successfully, there are usually stubborn areas of fat that don't go away, and especially for these areas, the injections would be beneficial, both for health and cosmetic reasons. The researchers now have a grant to apply the fat-burning injections to obese dogs. If those experiments are successful, the estimate is about six more years before the injections are available to humans.
This research is published online in the journal Biomaterials. source: The Telegraph