FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 – Even if you're not overweight, too much belly fat could hurt your ticker, researchers report
"People of normal weight but a fat belly have more chances of having heart problems than people without a big belly even if they are overweight according to BMI [body mass index]"study author Dr. Jose Medina-Inojosa. He is with the Mayo Clinic Department of Preventive Cardiology, in Rochester, Minnesota.
The study involved 1,700 people 45 and older at the time of enrollment, and were followed up from 2000 to 2016.
Those with a normal BMI – An estimate of total body fat based on height and weight ̵
The results were presented on Friday at a conference of the European Society of Cardiology in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The research presented in meetings is considered provisional until published in a journal.
"The abdomen is usually the first place we deposit fat, so people who are considered overweight BMI do not have a fat belly, more muscle, which is good for their health," explained Medina-Inojosa a press release. "Muscle is like a metabolic storehouse, helping to lessen lipid [fat] and blood sugar levels."
"If you have fat around your stomach and are larger than the size of your hips, visit your doctor to help your cardiovascular health judge and fat distribution, "he said. If you have central obesity [belly fat] the goal will be more the loss of the waist than the weight loss.
Medina-Inojosa offered some suggestions on abdominal splitting.
Reduce sitting time by taking the stairs or getting off the train, stop early and walk, increase your muscle mass with strength and resistance training, and cut refined carbohydrates "he advised.
He added that doctors should not assume that people with a normal BMI have no risk for heart problems.
"Our study shows that physicians should also measure central obesity [belly fat] to get a better picture of whether a patient is at risk," said Medina-Inojosa.
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