Strategies to activate brown adipose tissue in humans

M.J. Vosselman

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It is known that white adipose tissue stores energy in the form of fat. Brown fat can properly burn fats and sugars for production of heat in the body. The activation of brown fat is stimulated by the cold and that stimulation could potentially be used for weight regulation. In addition to cold, this dissertation investigated alternative methods of stimulating brown fat. The studies show that exposure to cold is the most effective way to activate brown fat. In addition, it appears that brown fat is also active after the ingestion of a high-calorie meal. It is therefore possible that brown fat could, in various ways, play a role in the regulation of a healthy energy balance.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • van Marken Lichtenbelt, Wouter, Supervisor
  • Schrauwen, Patrick, Supervisor
Award date9 Jan 2015
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789461593955
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • brown fat
  • weight regulation


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