Fat is bad, right? I'm not talking about the fats we eat here. I mean the fat on your body. The less fat, the healthier you are. Everyone knows that.
But maybe everyone is wrong.
New research in the laboratory of C. Ronald Kahn at the Joslin Diabetes Center suggests that some fat, namely subcutaneous fat, may actually be healthy and may protect people from getting metabolic diseases like diabetes.
There are two basic classes of fat in the body: brown fat and white fat. Brown fat seems...