Discovered a new way to reduce belly fat?
Nowadays, more and more people have problems with their weight. Those affected then often try to lose excess weight through a healthier diet or more exercise and exercise. But there could be an easier way to lose weight. Researchers have now found that injections of carbon dioxide reduce belly fat.
In their current study, scientists at Northwestern University found that injections of carbon dioxide (carboxytherapy) lead to a reduction in belly fat. The doctors published the results of their study in the English-language journal "Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology".
What does the injection of carbon dioxide into the adipose tissue do?
The so-called carboxytherapy could be a new and effective means of reducing fat, explains study author Dr. Murad Alam from Northwestern University. However, further research is needed to optimize this process so that the effect lasts in the long term. So far, the changes achieved have been quite modest and have not led to a long-term reduction in fat, the expert adds. The advantages of this new technology are that it is a safe, inexpensive gas, the scientists explain. Injections of carbon dioxide into the adipose tissue of patients have various advantages compared to invasive approaches to reduce fat, such as less downtime and the avoidance of scarring, explains Alam.
What options have you had for reducing fat so far?
Current technologies that are routinely used for non-invasive fat reduction include, for example, cryolipolysis, high-intensity ultrasound, radio frequency, chemical adipocytolysis, and laser-assisted fat reduction. So far, carboxytherapy has mainly been carried out outside the United States, the doctors say.
What was the exact purpose of the current study?
It is believed that the injection of carbon dioxide causes changes in the microcirculation and thus damages the fat cells. So far, however, no randomized, controlled studies on the efficacy and benefits of carboxytherapy have been carried out, the scientists report. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the effectiveness of carboxytherapy for fat reduction in a randomized, controlled study and to determine whether the observed benefits last for a period of six months, the scientists explain.
Superficial adipose tissue was reduced
For the study, the researchers examined 16 adult subjects who did not suffer from obesity. Participants were injected with carbon dioxide gas on one side of their abdomen once a week. This treatment was continued for five weeks. A high-resolution ultrasound showed a reduction in the superficial adipose tissue after five weeks, but this change was no longer detectable after 28 weeks. The patients' body weight did not change in the course of the study, the doctors say.
Does the treatment stimulate a temporary metabolic process?
The fact that the difference was not maintained after six months suggests that the treatment stimulated a temporary metabolic process that reduced the size of the fat cells without inducing their cell death, explains study author Dr. Alam. If carboxytherapy can bring prolonged benefits, it offers patients another non-invasive way to reduce fat, the expert adds. Until then, some more research is needed. (as)