Diseases connected to belly fat
Visceral fat array. Because full-body MRIs and CT scans are costly and infrequent, researchers employ
waist circumference or waist size in relation to height (see "Gut check").
Viscosity raises heart disease risk. High BP, sugar, triglycerides, poor HDL. Alterations in metabolism increase cardiovascular disease a
nd type 2 diabetes.
Early 40s women with the greatest abdominal obesity had three times the risk of dementia (including Alzheimer's)
by their mid-70s to early 80s.
At normal weight, women with visceral fat (a waist circumference above 35 inches) were 37% more likely to develop asthma than those with s
maller waists, according to a large California teacher study.
After analyzing many research, premenopausal women with abdominal obesity (the highest waist size relative to their he
ight) had a higher risk of breast cancer.
Cancer of the colon
Fat people have three times more colorectal adenomas. The association was identified after risk assessment. Colon adenomatous polyps raise insulin resistance and cancer risk, researchers found.
Losing and preventing visceral
Genes, hormones, age, birth weight (smaller kids add belly fat later in life), and whether you've had children affect where
you build fat.
Menopause alters young men's visceral fat. Birth weight, genes, and menopause are fixed. Visceral fat red
uction is possible in several ways.
It reacts better to diet and exercise than hip and thigh fat because it's more easily converted into fatty acids. These methods may help:
Stay tuned for developments.