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The Adverse Effects of Excess Body Fat Deposited Around the Abdominal Region

by Lynda France 

Evidence suggests that fat concentrated around the abdomen presents increased health risks than fat deposited elsewhere on the body. This type of upper body fat and its inherent risk are independent of total body fat and carry with it an increase of various types of cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes and hypertension. The reasons for this are not exact. But abdominal fat does seem to be more active than other types of fat. This type of fat goes directly to the liver rather than into the total body circulation, as do other types of fat. This fat eventually becomes LDL, which is often referred to as 'bad cholesterol', and is associated with an increase in heart disease. In response to these lipid fluctuations, hormones and neurotransmitters are signaled by the body, which, in turn, raises blood and heart rate. This response aggravates conditions of heart problems and hypertension. Lastly, because fat metabolism affects the efficiency of the liver to retrieve insulin from the blood, conditions of diabetes are exacerbated. I find studies that show people who smoke and drink excessively have relatively high proportions of upper body fat as opposed to the general population.

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