Visceral Fat: Why This Hidden Enemy Is Slowly Killing You Every Day And How To Prevent It

June 13, 2018 16:05

Recent studies show that excessive visceral fat, also called “belly fat” can be even more dangerous than general obesity, which already is a huge risk factor for cardiovascular issues, type 2 diabetes, and other serious conditions with the possible fatal outcome, like a stroke or even cancer.

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What is visceral fat?

However, it is technically possible to have an overall good body shape, a perfect body mass index, and yet not to be able to button your pants. And not because they are too small, but because your abdominal cavity contains too much “savings.”

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Although MRI and CT scans typically are pretty expensive procedures to undergo, it is likely for your doctor to measure your total body fat and question you about your diet and lifestyle to make an assumption of your visceral fat. Another possible way of measuring your belly fat is to simply measure the size of your waist. Typically, the risk of health problems linked to visceral fat is increased in:

  • women whose waist is more than 35 inches;
  • men whose waist is more than 40 inches.

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What are the possible threats?

Surely, body fat is absolutely necessary for your organism to function properly. However, when your abdominal cavity stores too much of the hidden visceral fat, it can be extremely dangerous and can lead to the following negative consequences:

  • heart attacks and heart disease;
  • type 2 diabetes;
  • increased blood pressure;
  • stroke;
  • colorectal and breast cancer;
  • Alzheimer’s disease;
  • arthritis;
  • hypothyroid.

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Why is visceral fat so deadly and how to improve?

The main reason is the location. Visceral fat is stored in your belly, which means it surrounds a lot of vital organs including liver, pancreas, intestines, etc. It is also referred to as “active fat,” because it plays a dangerous role in how our hormones work. Also, it can dramatically decrease your muscle mass, which is basically an armor or shield for our health.

Having more visceral fat than needed typically is not something permanent. You can and should work with that. And the most important thing here is at least getting started. A change in your diet might be a good beginning. Many doctors believe the Mediterranean diet is one of the best to positively affect visceral fat.

Another great thing for your body to do on a daily basis is 30 minutes of exercises. The more intensive your routine is, the faster you are getting back in shape. The exercises may include:

  • running;
  • cycling;
  • swimming;
  • squats;
  • weights;
  • yoga, etc.

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Take care of yourself, as if you are your own child, best friend, parent, and beloved partner. You can make yourself healthier and happier!

                                                                                                                  Source: MedicalNewsToday, NDTV, CNN

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