According to researchers, a type of fat that accumulates around the hips and bum may help fight diabetes.
The green light to get a big bum
This is the news every woman wants to hear it's okay to have a big derriere, in fact, it's healthy! A new study by US researchers shows that a type of fat found commonly found around the hips and bottom, known as subcutaneous fat, or fat that collects under the skin, helps to improve the sensitivity of the hormone insulin. Insulin is responsible for regulating blood sugar and therefore might actually offer some protection against diabetes.
Fat that helps you lose weight
It sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, but subcutaneous fat may also be able to help you lose weight.
The researchers conducting the study found that mice who had been given transplants of this wonder fat actually lost weight. The fat, which was injected into their abdomens, caused their fat cells to shrink even though they made no changes to their diet or activity levels.
"It was a surprising result," said Dr Ronald Kahn of Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. "We found [subcutaneous fat] had a beneficial effect, and it was especially true when you put it inside the abdomen."
Pear-shaped bodies less prone to disease
It's already know that a type of fat, known as visceral fat, that collects in the abdomen can increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease, while people with more fat deposits on their bums and hips are less likely to suffer. But this new study reveals that subcutaneous fat may be able to combat thisthose same diseases.
The mice that got the subcutaneous fat transplanted into their stomachs actually began to lose weight after just two weeks and, on top of this, their blood sugar and insulin levels also showed improvements.
So it’s good news all around for rounded women. Dr Kahn agrees, saying, "It's an important result [it says] that not all fat is bad.".