A Patch To Eliminate Love Handles? Researchers Suggest It’s Possible

They have been used as a technique to quit smoking and as birth controlslapping on a patch might be a alternative.

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the University of North Carolina have designed a patch that may help people lose pounds by  burning fat off particular regions of the human body, like the “love handles.”

The research group examined a cured skin patch on mice and found in which the patch was applied, that medicine resulted in a decrease in fat. The hope is the same.

The study, published Friday at ACS Nano, indicates the patch turned “white fat,” which stores excess energy, into “dark fat,” which burns off fat to produce heat. It’s a process called “browning” and for many years researchers have sought to use it as a way to fight obesity and diabetes. Study co-leader Li Qiang, a CUMC assistant professor of pathology and cell biology, stated “browning” drugs exist but can cause side effects such as an upset stomach. By injecting the medication right in contrast, these side effects lessen.

The patches, loaded with browning chemicals were affixed by Researchers, to either side of the abdomen of mice. Through microscopic needles, the medication was injected.

The researchers found a 20 percent fat loss was seen by that mice on the other hand. In mice that were thinner, the drugs caused an uptick in oxygen intake, which is a measure of metabolic activity.

“Many people will undoubtedly be eager to learn we may be able to supply a noninvasive alternative to liposuction for decreasing love handles,” Qiang said. “What is much more important is that our patch can provide a secure and effective means of treating obesity and related metabolic disorders such as diabetes.”

Researchers haven’t tested the patch humans.