One of the single most important things we can do to prevent health problems - including those associated with bladder and bowel control - is to maintain a proper weight. Researchers are increasingly identifying how body shape is a strong predictor of a number of chronic diseases. Science points to an expanding waist as a key indicator of pending problems. That's because it's where people tend to gain fat. But intra-abdominal fat is considered the most dangerous type. As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass, and it gets replaced with layers of fat cells if we don't alter our behavior. Our metabolism also slows, especially after menopause in women, reducing our caloric needs simply to maintain the same weight. So if we alter nothing in our eating and exercise habits, we will simply grow heavier and fatter, increasingly predisposed to cancers (prostate, colon & rectal, etc.), diabetes, heart disease, and yes - even urinary incontinence .
What is Trans Fat?
A large number of manufacturers began adding trans fat to processed food about twenty-five years ago as a means to extend shelf life. About eighty percent of trans fat in the American diet comes from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil produced in factories.
Trans fats are artificial fats that can be made when hydrogen is added to liquid oil and then pressurized. Trans fats are in cookies, crackers, potato chips, and many other products for public purchase. Trans fats can extend product shelf life for years but also raise the risk for heart disease and obesity. They also contribute to elevated cholesterol levels and a drop in healthy HDL cholesterol. Trans Fat and Childhood Obesity A Canadian all-party commons committee expressed concerns that its current generation of children could expect poorer health outcomes and a shorter lifespan than their parents and cited obesity as the cause. It was noted that twenty-eight percent of Canadians between the age of two ...
Most of us know that being overweight isn't good for our health. Because 2/3 of our population these days, including a huge number of children, is overweight, we're hearing over and over about all the health risks.
But a 2009 study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that having your excess weight concentrated in your abdominal region, commonly referred to as belly fat, can lower your respiratory function.
How Excess Belly Fat Affects Your Lungs
First of all, the more you weigh, the harder your lungs have to work when you move around. Think about how you feel when you carry something heavy. It's the same for the weight you carry around as fat. More oxygen is needed because of all the excess tissue, so the heart has to work harder to move it around.
But also, the fat in your abdomen has the following effects:
When the fat presses on your chest wall, there is less room for your lungs to expand.
When it pushes u...
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