5 Dangers Of Excess Abdominal Fat
Don’t like the way your tummy sticks out? Like to get rid of the paunch? Good, because more than ruining your figure, there are a number of long-term problems you may be facing because of it. Visceral fat – the kind found in people with abdominal obesity, is one of the worst kinds. It just does not sit there, but works almost likean independent organ, releasing various hormones and fatty acids to the detriment of your body. You definitely should get rid of abdominal obesity.
Let’s do a countdown of the 5 main things that could go wrong because of abdominal obesity.
Decreased lung capacity
It is reliably known that the buildup of abdominal or visceral fat will decrease the lung volume and its functionality. A study has demonstrated that persons who had excess of belly fat performed consistently worse than those who did not. Such people will have breathing problems and ultimately fall prey to chronic lung disorders such as asthma.
Arterial degeneration includes all kinds of chronic changes that can happen to the structure of the arterial walls. A study has shown that the presence of abdominal fat is closely related to arterial stiffness and arteriosclerosis. We see a clear relation between the weight to height ratio and arterial problems. Degeneration of the arteries can lead to a host of other problems and disorders and to heart diseases and strokes.
Lack of blood sugar regulation
Visceral fat releases certain hormones that are very harmful to your metabolism. They makes changes to it the insulin receptors in your body so that they become less able to control the blood sugar in your body. In time, insulin resistance sets in and the blood sugar level spins out of control. Diabetes is the result.
Alzheimer’s disease and/or Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease and/or Dementia is made more likely by abdominal fat. It was shown in a 2010 study that the presence of visceral fat is directly related to low brain volume. That leads to a deterioration of brain function, which is linked to general dementia. There may also be a connection to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Abdominal fat produces ‘free fatty acids’ which in turn produce LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. That is the ‘bad’ cholesterol. It also brings down the level of HDL cholesterol, the ‘good’ one. Along with the arterial degeneration also related to excess abdominal obesity, high cholesterol makes the perfect recipe for high blood pressure, heart diseases and strokes.
You have seen the risks that you run if you have abdominal fat. Please don’t be complacent. Take heed and get rid of this menace.