Posted by: 4pack | February 24, 2009

Belly “Visceral” Fat: Being Overweight Will Lead To Metabolic Syndrome And Diabetes, High Cholesterol And High Blood Pressure

WE OFFER REASONS TO SEEK “IDEAL SHAPE”…NOT CHOICES…AND IF OGGIES JUST CAN’T SEEM TO MOTIVATE THEMSELVES TO LOSE THE GUT, THEY WILL BE LOOKING AT STROKE, CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, DIABETES…AND ON, AND ON….

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Most doctors agree, this trio of villains is responsible for the lethal epidemic of CVD (cardiovascular disease: heart attack and stroke) in the United States. Two out of every three New Yorkers, and Americans, and billions around the world, are in danger.

What causes metabolic syndrome? And what’s missing from the equation in the title? It’s fat. Overweight. Obesity. A special kind of fat, the kind that makes you drill new holes in your belt to accommodate your expanding waist line. It’s the fat layer between the skin and the abdominal muscles, but especially the fat inside the abdomen lining the intestines and encasing the internal organs. This fat is metabolically active, feeding a steady stream of fat particles directly to the liver, the Houston Control of metabolism, from which good and bad fats, sugar, and protein flow into your bloodstream.

One controversy is whether the three disorders in the title are independent risk factors for CVD, or do they cause one another, thus upping the ante. It doesn’t matter. If you are significantly overweight you are prone to one or more of them.

In addition to heart attack and stroke, end-stage kidney disease, retinal disease, and peripheral arterial disease (leg arteries) are part of CVD.

If you are overweight or obese, it is very likely you get little if any exercise. Perhaps you also smoke. You are looking at a recipe for disaster: crippling cardiovascular disease in your forties, even younger, and loss of decades of life expectancy.

Back to the beginning. It all begins with diet and weight. Much, much more to come on risk factors and CVD, one of the central health issues of the 21st century.

http://www.examiner.com/x-3795-NY-Healthcare-Examiner~y2009m2d22-Metabolic-syndrome–diabetescholesterolblood-pressure

 

 

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