How to treat belly fat issues
The Body Mass Index (BMI) has been the standard method for measuring obesity for many years. It's based on the ratio of a person's height to their weight.
Even if Americans are less active, abdominal obesity is growing. Restaurants serve more. Less time means more packaged and fast meal
A waist circumference measurement can estimate abdominal fat. Wrap a tape measure around your torso just above your hip bone. Check the measurement afte
Women with measurements above 35 inches and males over 40 inches are at risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, according to the National Institutes of Health.
How to lose belly fat
Luckily, abdominal fat may be under control. Diet and exercise are the foundation. Each weight-loss technique lowers belly fat, but r
egular exercise reduces it more than overall weight.
Further, belly fat reduction lowers heart disease and diabetes risk. UT Southwestern discovered that lowering abdominal fat lowered the likelihood of the most comm
on heart failure in older adults.
Research next steps
Research at UT Southwestern is investigating how and why fat accumulates in different bodily parts and how to avoid or reverse it. Hormones, including cardiac hormones, can affect us.
Change hormones to reduce abdominal fat. In those with extra belly fat, bariatric surgery may reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and othe
r medical issues, according to ongoing studies.
Stay tuned for developments.