Potential Dangers to One's Health Affecting Belly Fat

There are a number of health problems associated with excess abdominal fat, particularly visceral fat, which is found deep inside the abdominal cavity around important organs:

A higher risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and hypertension (high blood pressure) is associated with visceral fat because of the molecules it secretes.

Insulin resistance, a condition in which the body fails to respond normally to insulin, is linked to excess belly fat. High blood sugar levels and the possibility of becoming type 2 diabetes are common outcomes of this illness.

A cluster of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes includes hypertension, diabetes, abnormal cholesterol levels, abnormal blood sugar levels, and extra belly fat.

Research indicates that postmenopausal women with extra abdominal fat have an increased chance of getting colorectal, pancreatic, and breast malignancies.

Obesity, and especially visceral fat, is associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is characterized by the accumulation of fat in the liver. Inflammation, scarring (cirrhosis), and eventual liver failure can result from NAFLD.

Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by periodic cessations of breathing while asleep; obesity is a risk factor for this condition.

Due to its associations with a number of chronic illnesses and health issues, excess abdominal fat has been linked to a worse quality of life and a shorter overall life expectancy.

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