Researchers at The Rockefeller University's Laboratory of Molecular Metabolism are wondering if 3D images of fat cells may help advance the treatment of obesity and diabetes. Their 3D imaging tool allows them to see whether fat cells consist of one of three different types of fat. With the ability to identity which fat cell is which, researchers hope to isolate beige fat cells in order to change the cell from a dormant state to an active state, one which is a more energy-burning state. This research hopes to assist therapeutic methods in manipulating fat to burn more energy in patients with metabolism malfunctions.
A recent discovery that there are three different kinds of fat—white, brown, and beige. And while white fat, which stores energy, has long been known to cause trouble, brown and beige fat may actually promote good health by burning energy.