Research carried out in 2010 investigated C60 dissolved in squalane . Squalane is a hydrocarbon found in a number of substances including olive oil. The researchers found that C60 dissolved in squalane inhibited the formation of fat cells. From their research, they proposed that C60 dissolved in squalane had potential as a treatment for metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is very common in those on a processed food, high sugar diet. It is estimated over a quarter of Americans have metabolic syndrome. Fructose, which is found in many sweetened processed foods and most non-diet soft drinks, is a significant contributor. The use of high-fructose corn syrup as the sweetener of choice by the soft drinks industry has seen the daily consumption in Americans rise from 37g/day in the 1970’s to 55g/day in the late 1980’s and early 90’s.  Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions including; fatty liver, insulin resistance with diabetic and pre-diabetic blood sugar levels, increased blood pressure, excess body fat especially around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels. Those with metabolic syndrome are at serious risk of heart disease, liver damage, stroke and diabetes.