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, also called belly fat. All three types of fat can be linked to obesity-related illnesses.
Besides belly fat, omentum fat is also referred to as beer gut, love handles, and spare tire. It is the fatty layer of tissue that is located within the abdominal region. Because the fat lies beneath the muscles this is why our beer-bellied uncle, father, or friend can be built as he is and still have a stomach that is hard to the touch.
Medicine.net defines omentum as: “The greater omentum is attached to the bottom edge of the stomach and hangs down in front of the intestines. Its other edge is attached to the transverse colon. The lesser omentum is attached to the top edge of the stomach and extends to the undersurface of the liver”. Doctors have bypassed all the user-friendly aliases and refer to belly fat as visceral fat or intra-abdominal adiposity. These terms are not as huggable as 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 gives a person a pear shape, is much less harmful than the belly fat that gives people the familiar apple shape. Belly fat is close to organs, their best source of energy.
Belly 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 can also be caused by belly fat. A person who has hypertension, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar is at significantly greater risk for heart disease and stroke.
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.Even more startling, normal weight individuals who have excess belly fat are at greater risk for death by heart disease than even those people who are obese.
How to Eliminate Belly Fat
Determining the risk for excess belly fat is easy enough. Simply measure your waist circumference 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 disease is always easier than treatment of a disease.
Determining how much you should weigh with these free bodyweight calculators is a good starting point. Getting rid of belly fat will require an effort. Proper diet and exercise, sleep, hydration, and stress reduction can 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, so as to determine your personal best course for success.
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