Visceral fat – how does it affect organs?
Feminine sex hormones make you naturally accumulate more body fat than a man. However, it is so-called subcutaneous fat tissue. These are the folds that you can catch.
Visceral fat grows within the abdominal cavity around the heart, kidneys, liver and other organs. This type of fat tissue squeezes the organs reducing their efficiency. A person who has visceral obesity (also known as central or apple type) has a hard, tight stomach (there is nothing to catch).
Visceral fat promotes civilization diseases!
Fat tissue accumulated around organs not only physically, by pressure, affects their work, but also produces harmful substances. They promote insulin resistance, which is the first step to type 2 diabetes.
Visceral fat also develops a small but chronic inflammation. As a result, compounds are released that can damage, for example, the walls of blood vessels leading to atherosclerosis.
Abdominal obesity and correct weight?
Studies have shown that excess abdominal fat increases the risk of heart attack and some cancers more strongly than elevated BMI indicating overweight in body weight.
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It happens that the body weight is normal (BMI is within 18.5-24.9), but the waist circumference is too large. In this situation, too, it is said about abdominal obesity. Unfortunately, any excess visceral fat is dangerous, no matter what the weight shows.
Excessive visceral fat – causes and other health consequences
The main causes of celiac fat accumulation include
a high calorie diet,
excess sugar and saturated fat in the diet.
In addition to the aforementioned threats, abdominal fat is strongly associated with sleep apnea. It also negatively affects fertility and sexual performance.
One of the easiest methods to assess the degree of organ fatness is to perform ultrasound examination of the abdominal cavity. Often, the first symptom of increasing abdominal obesity is fatty liver, which leads to the so-called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. This condition is asymptomatic but after many years it causes inefficiencies of this organ.
In women, abdominal obesity is less common than in men. However, the tendency for visceral fat accumulation increases significantly after menopause.
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