Can Caffeine Help Tackle Obesity via Brown Fat Activation?
Drinking coffee appears to cause activation of brown adipose tissue (BAT), say UK researchers in findings they contend could point to novel ways of tackling obesity and diabetes. Next, in a small number of healthy volunteers, they used thermal imaging to measure temperature changes in the neck (supraclavicular region) — where the greatest abundance of BAT is found — in response to drinking coffee or water.
@tiash The results, published by Scientific Reports on June 24, show that coffee drinking was followed by significant increases in temperature in the supraclavicular region relative to the body surface temperature. This is the first study in humans to show that something like a cup of coffee can have a direct effect on our brown fat functions. The potential implications of our results are pretty big, as obesity is a major health concern for society, and we also have a growing diabetes epidemic, and brown fat could potentially be part of the solution.