Fat comes in threes. There are triglycerides, the fat that is found in the bloodstream. Subcutaneous fat, the fat that is found just beneath the surface of the skin. And there is omentum fat. This last fat will be given special attention in this article.
Omentum fat, and its’ aliases -- belly fat, beer gut, love handles, and spare tire -- is the fatty layer of tissue that is located inside of the stomach. It is underneath the muscles in the stomach, and this is why our round uncle, father, or friend can be built as he is and still have a stomach that is hard to the touch.
Doctors have bypassed all the user-friendly aliases and refer to this fat as visceral fat or intra-abdominal adiposity. These terms no doubt lack the huggable sound of love handles, but medical terminology is normally not geared for greeting cards.
Health Risks of Belly Fat
Subcutaneous fat, or the fat that accumulates around the thighs and buttocks and promotes a pear shape, is much less harmful than the belly fat that gives people the familiar apple shape. Belly fat is close to organs and their best source of energy.
Omentum fat travels quickly to the liver where it is processed and forwarded to the arteries. Once there, it can be linked to high LDL cholesterol and become a health risk.
There is also a direct correlation between belly fat and diabetes. Excess belly fat is dangerous and leads to insulin resistance and the regulation of blood sugar. This resistance increases the potential for diabetes. High blood pressure also can be caused by belly fat. A person who has hypertension, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar is at greater risk for heart disease and stroke.
Belly Fat and Heart Disease
Normal weight individuals who have excess belly fat are at greater risk for death by heart disease than even those people who are obese. A recent study found that normal-weight people with excess belly fat are three times more likely to die from heart disease and two time more likely to die from any cause at all than those people of normal weight.
Determining the risk for excess belly fat is easy enough. Simply measure the circumference of your waist with a tape. If you are below thirty-nine inches, the news is good. If you are above thirty-nine inches, you might want to take steps to address a problem prior to it becoming critical. Prevention of a diseases is always easier than treatment of a disease.
How to Eliminate Belly Fat
Getting rid of belly fat will require an effort. Proper diet and sleep, exercise, and stress reduction can all help to reduce belly fat. A healthy diet along with a program of exercise will help to shed the pounds and build the muscle mass that can help to save your life. Consult your physician for advice before beginning to determine the best course for success.
What to read next: Belly Fat is More Dangerous than Obesity, New Studies Show
Hillcrest Medical Center - http://www.hillcrest.com/blog/belly-fat-and-your-heart-health
Real Age - http://www.realage.com/diet-weight-loss/bad-body-fat-omentum-definition-causes-prevention
US News - http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/08/28/belly-fat-may-hurt-your-heart-the-hardest
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Published On: October 13, 2012