Visceral Fat and Diabetes

The visceral fat is stored around your body’s internal organs such as liver, pancreas, and intestine. This fat is typically located deep inside your abdominal cavity. This fat is different from the other type of fats that exists just under your body skin, arms and legs. It is the most noticeable fat in a person’s body and it is a dangerous type of fat as well. This fat can affect the way your body operates and it can influence the actions of a number of body hormones. There are several health risks that are associated with visceral fat and diabetes is one of those.


Some of the other major health problems and diseases that occur due to visceral fat include Heart disease, Breast cancer, colorectal cancer, Alzheimer's disease. In most cases, people who are suffering from Obesity get affected with these diseases very easily. This fat acts like a hidden killer. Often there are people or patient who resemble slim and healthy from their outlooks but in reality they may suffer from visceral fat inside the body. High cholesterol, inflammation, or diabetes caused by visceral fats lead to conditions like clogging of the arteries, long term heart disease, and very high blood pressure.


Existence of a certain amount of visceral fat is common in human bodies. But whenever the amount reaches to a dangerous level it creates a number of adverse health conditions. There are several factors that contribute in the development and increase of visceral fat in your body. When you gain weight in the middle portion of your body, it indicates visceral fat. Another matter is the intake of processed foods containing added sugars, artificial flavor, and preservatives. Eating a diet that is low in nutrient but dense in quantity is also responsible for developing visceral fat. Consumption of alcohol and similar beverages, being on multiple medications that helps to grow this fat as side effect, lack of adequate physical activities and not doing exercise often, presence of increased amount of Cortisol hormone in the body due to stress, and lack of enough sleep are some of the other causes of developing visceral fat.


Link between Visceral Fat and Diabetes

Patients who are suffering from diabetes are unable to utilize the Insulin hormone in their bodies appropriately. This situation increases the level of sugar in their bodies. At some point the level of sugar can become higher than normal. More specifically this rise of sugar can be the result of desensitized body tissues in presence of Insulin. Besides the Pancreas organ may also fail to produce enough amount of Insulin to process the increased amount of sugar in the blood. As a consequence the high blood sugar in the form of Glucose causes serious damages of tissues and organs in the body. You can die from this kind of situation inside your body.


Now compared to other types of fats, visceral fat is considered most responsible for increased risk of developing diabetes and insulin resistance. This is the reason why a pear-shaped person is better protected than a big-bellied person to combat diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Existence of high amount of visceral fat leads to glucose intolerance and in this way Type-2 diabetes. Health researchers have discovered that visceral fat is responsible of the secretion of a protein known as Retinol-Binding Protein 4 (RBP4). This protein increases body’s resistance to insulin.

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