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How Well Do You Know Your Abdominal Fat Disorder?

You need some visceral fat. It provides cushioning around your organs. But if you have too much of it, you may be more likely to get high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and certain cancers, including breast cancer and colon cancer.

The fat doesn’t just sit there. It’s an active part of your body, making “lots of nasty substances,” says Kristen Hairston, MD, assistant professor of endocrinology and metabolism at Wake Forest School of Medicine. If you gain too much weight, your body starts to store your fat in unusual places.


Which body type generally has more visceral fat?

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Apple shape body type normally stores fat in the abdomen and is considered to be less safe than the other two as far as abdominal fat is concerned. In general, a waist size of less than 35 inches for women and less than 40 inches for men is best for your health.

Fat stored in which part of the body contributes to cardiovascular disease?

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Fat stored around the abdominal organs contributes to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even certain cancers. In fact, your belly fat may be a better predictor of heart disease than your BMI. Belly fat tends to 'pump out' cytokines that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease by promoting insulin resistance and low-level chronic inflammation.

Visceral fat can accumulate in post menopausal and menopausal women because of?

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Scientists have identified a number of genes that determine how many fat cells are produced and where they are stored. So heredity is one of the factors for visceral fat in women. Again, estrogen levels drop at menopause which is associated with increased levels of stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is known to promote accumulation of abdominal fat.

It is impossible to lose belly fat?

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Losing belly fat maybe difficult but it is not impossible. A combination of healthy balanced diet and regular exercise helps the belly fat go away. Walking or jogging for 12 miles a week prevents visceral fat, and the same for 20 miles a week can help shed belly fat (as well as subcutaneous fat).

What exercises help reduce belly fat?

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Crunches, sit-ups or other so called abdominal exercises just tone and strengthen abdominal muscles; they don't reduce the fat. But exercises like walking or playing tennis, when done regularly can melt away your abdominal fat, according to researchers. Strength training, that is, exercising with weights, can also help fight abdominal fat.

Which foods tend to make belly fat?

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According to Harvard Medical School, foods that contain trans-fatty acids and beverages containing fructose sweeteners encourage belly fat deposition. If you want to lose belly fat, stick to complex carbs and lean protein.

How can you fight belly fat?

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Excess calories can increase your waistline and contribute to belly fat. Alcohol is associated with belly fat because your liver is busy burning off alcohol instead of burning off fat, which settles down around the abdominal organs.

Smoking helps reduce belly fat. This statement is?

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Although it is believed smoking helps with weight loss in some people, smoking actually causes re-distribution of fat to abdominal area. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition clearly states that 'smoking is not an efficient way to control body weight, does not help prevent obesity, and could favor visceral fat accumulation and increase the risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes'.

Liposuction is an easy way to lose belly fat?

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Unfortunately, there is no short cut to lose belly fat because in the end you will end up storing body fat somewhere else and that may make you feel even worse. Taking a whole body approach is the safest and best way to eliminate visceral fat.


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