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Monday, April 1, 2013

Why Your Belly Fat Is More Dangerous Than You Think!

Belly Fat

Belly fat increases with age. Both men and women are at greater risk of developing belly fat as they get older. Besides aesthetic appearance, belly fat is dangerous, particularly among women.

Belly fat is known as visceral fat. Its location is the problem. Subcutaneous fat is just beneath the skin--where you can "pinch an inch." However, belly fat (visceral) is located deeper between two membranes that separate the organs in the abdominal cavity from the abdominal wall. It's deep in the abdomen surrounded by organs such as the liver. Blood coming from visceral fat to the liver can increase the risk of liver disease and hepatitis B.

Besides its location, there is another serious problem with belly fat. It secrets substances that can damage the body and increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and even cancer. These proteins can do anything from increasing blood pressure by constricting blood vessels, cause inflammation leading to heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and increase resistance to insulin that can cause heart attacks from clogged arteries.

The reason women are more susceptible to the dangers of belly fat is that as they get older, most of their estrogen that formerly came from the ovaries are now being produced from fat cells. Too much estrogen from fat can cause tumors in the breast.

Belly fat responds well to aerobic exercise and walking, jogging, and biking. This, in addition to eating foods with less trans fats and saturated fats and more fresh vegetables and fruits will not only reverse the effects of belly fat but also leave you looking and feeling better.
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