Scientists discover fat-burning hormone?
Dr. Manny Alvarez weighs in
- Duration 4:02
- Date Jan 16, 2012
Dr. Manny Alvarez weighs in
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Are you gotta hear this one is a medical breakthrough that could ultimately help people stay fit -- -- exercise.
It's all thanks to a newly discovered hormone that scientists say actually boost your body's ability to burn fat.
We should point out that the study talks about this as a treatment for obesity or diabetes not as a way to skip the gym.
Let's find out let's just Alvarez Fox News medical aid team thinks about all of this.
Manny I don't design for diabetes and to fight obesity but.
Ultimately down the road does it mean could skip the gym.
It caught a caught but listen.
This hormone mimics exercise and and this is that the whole basis of the study I rice and is the name of the hormone.
It was discovered by a group of scientists over at harbor.
Published in the journal of nature this is a huge study because basically what is telling you.
That there is a hormone that is produced by muscle and it -- the fat into energy and basically helps you to burn.
Those calories and and it it really has a lot to do -- Finding new ways now to look at how -- is the war.
How we can use perhaps the enhancement of this hormone and use it as a potential treatment for diabetes.
Are even cancer because remember a lot of the cancers are due to.
A lot of overweight.
A lot of fat a lot of toxins so this is a huge finding.
And eventually perhaps it could be and pill forms and then you're going to be able to.
Take those -- that.
He will and hash it has your energy and his will make it easier for you to perhaps.
Exercise because exercise is important remember not only do you burn calories but it's good for your heart the pump.
It's good for your brain the endorphins so.
You don't replace exercise but it sure is going to be a very positive finding for the treatment of diabetes.
Okay so in other words this -- While it can may be keeping -- -- and keep you prevent you from.
Becoming obese it can't substitute for exercise now I know you're looking for upper stretch and -- about -- you look at for a prescription.
No I don't think so I love the challenges are and a lot of people that are severely overweight or have two diabetes is that they have a lot of fat stored in their muscles.
And therefore the insulin which is the the other hormone that makes you regulate your sugar.
Is unable to work properly so I think that by looking at this new hormone which is clearly produced by the muscles themselves.
Hey if you're able to in -- that.
Then that's going to reduce the fat in your muscles.
You're insulin is going to work and then you gonna have a better treatment for diabetes.
But I so far as exercise is now I'm nitpicking myself but I'll I'll I'll give you some feedback after I take it.
She -- what we should mention that it's not yet in pill form that these researchers at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Have just fast and a -- this this new finding it it sounds like what they focused on correct me if I'm wrong.
It's something called brown fat right sounds gross but it's actually great because it converts.
More to energy instead of fat.
You have brown fat is that kind of -- that really stimulates.
And sort of the energy burning facet of having fat that's what you want the problem is that theory in the past was that.
You're born as a child with a lot of brown fat as you get older that brown -- begins to.
Sort of get -- -- and you end up with a lot of yellow fat like the one I have.
And that doesn't do any good for your body.
But it seems that if you exercise.
And your muscles are really producing a lot of these types of hormones you increase the amount of brown fat and that's gonna help you burn calories.
And -- -- this specific hormone.
Is the one that does the -- so yes you going to be able to hopefully translate a lot of that fat into brown fat and that's gonna help you lose weight.
Okay got it Dr.
Manny Alvarez thanks so much and come back well I'll have an inscription ready for -- -- if appreciate that thank.