Thursday, January 31, 2013
Good to Know Info
The importance of body-fat distribution
Where an individual tends to store body fat is also an important determinant of future health. Studies suggest that weight gain in the abdominal area, doubles the risk for coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke, compared to people of the overall body fat who tend to store fat mostly in the hips, buttocks, and thighs. The reason for this difference seems to be that fat in the abdomen is more easily mobilized and sent into the bloodstream, thus increasing the disease-associated blood fat levels.
In general, men with waist circumferences above 40 inches and women with waist circumferences above 35 inches are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular associated illnesses.