There is several health risks associated with visceral fat. It is true that there is a certain amount of visceral fat inside every human. In normal condition this amount of visceral fat does not pose any health threat. But when this amount reaches to a dangerous level the trouble starts.
To begin with, adverse physical conditions like high cholesterol, high glucose, clogging of the arteries, high blood pressure, and long term heart disease or inflammation are the direct results of high visceral fats in the body. Before going into detail let’s check how this fat can be developed in your body.
Visceral Fat Development
The visceral fat is stored around internal organs such as liver, pancreas, and intestine. This fat is different from the one that exists just under the body skin, in arms and legs. As you can understand this kind of fat is found deep inside the abdominal cavity.
Several factors contribute to the accumulation of visceral fat in human body. These are:
- Gaining weight in the middle portion of the body.
- Consumption of processed foods frequently.
- Low nutrient diet.
- Alcohol and alcohol base beverages.
- Multiple medications can result in visceral fat as side effect.
- Reduced amount of physical activities.
- High amount of stress hormone in the body.
- Less amount of sleep.
Health Risks of Visceral Fat
Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
Visceral fat is particularly known for its active role as an insulin resistor. This is undoubtedly the prime cause of developing diabetes. Abdominal fat is a great risk for building up diabetes inside the body.
Female Breast Cancer
Several large studies suggest that people with large amount of visceral fat have a higher risk of breast cancer. The condition is more serious for premenopausal women with a heavy abdominal fat.
Colorectal Cancer and Obesity
There is link between Obesity and Cancer. Obese people have excess visceral fat that triggers the body metabolism responsible for causing cancers such as the Colorectal Cancer (CRC). There is a tissue called Visceral Adipose Tissue that exists in large amount inside the abdominal area. This tissue demonstrates higher level of hormonal and metabolic activities. This tissue is responsible for the secretion of growth factors, Adipokines, Proinflammatory Cytokines. These are considered contributory factors associated with obesity-related tumors or Cancer tumors.
Alzheimer's Disease Among Elders
It has been found that visceral fat contributes to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Too much internal fat around organs like heart, liver and pancreas leads to dementia. This is especially true for middle-aged people who have the tendency to develop fat around their belly inside out.
Heart Disease and High Cholesterol
Inflammatory Cytokines are generated by visceral fat that are major contributors to heart disease and related inflammatory disorders. In case of body inflammation, the liver becomes overwhelmed with toxins and cholesterol. This situation can lead to build-up of plaques in the arteries. Moreover, visceral fat is linked with increased risk for cardiovascular disease indicators. These are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides.
Inflammation in the Body
This fat can create inflammatory markers that circulate in human blood stream. This situation if not addressed can cause Cancer.
Pain and Discomfort
Visceral fat is the root cause in many cases for unexplained pain or discomfort among fatty people’s abdominal area.
Irregular Hormonal Functions
This fat can cause serious hormonal irregularities. These include high-level Insulin production, inadequate amount of testosterone production in men and women as well as Leptin hormone resistance.
Last update: April 24, 2017 08:42:29 pm