Newly identified 'beige fat' burns calories, scientists report

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by JEAN ENERSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 13, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

Researchers have found a form of fat that actually burns calories, rather than storing them.

During exercise a hormone converts regular fat cells into "beige fat" cells, which burn up extra calories.

Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are studying the fat, hoping they can figure out how to harness it's calorie-burning properties with new drugs.

The experts say they are still in the early stages of their research. Many more studies will be needed before any therapies are made available.

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