Type 2 Diabetes - The Location of Visceral Fat Helps to Predict Heart and Blood Vessel Disease

In July of 2017, the Journal of Diabetes Investigation reported on some interesting and potentially useful research from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University. The study included six hundred and eighty-two people who had been previously diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes with an average age of 64. By an average of 2.5 years, twenty-one of the participants were diagnosed with heart and blood vessel disease. Where fat around the inner organs was significantly greater than the amount of fat under the skin, the Type 2 diabetics were 82 percent more likely to develop heart and blood vessel disease than those participants with less fat around the organs. The scientists concluded measuring fat around the organs and just under the skin and dividing the former by the latter gives a ratio able to predict which people with Type 2 diabetes are at high risk for heart attacks or strokes.

Visceral, or belly fat, surrounds the organs such as...

  • the liver,
  • pancreas,
  • intestine,
  • other abdominal organs, and
  • the heart.

Visceral fat is linked to not only Type 2 diabetes but...

  • high blood pressure,
  • other heart and blood vessel diseases,
  • ovarian cancer, and
  • gallbladder disease.

Fat, and especially belly fat, is considered a gland, or producer of hormones. Too much of it can cause hormone imbalances that can make us ill. Cytokines are another type of molecule produced by visceral fat. They are thought to play a part in inflammation and insulin resistance, the causes of Type 2 diabetes.

There are expensive radiological ways of finding belly fat, but a tape measure is good enough...

  • women should have a waist size, not over 35 inches, and
  • a man's waist should not measure over 40 inches.

The "pear-shaped" body with larger hips than waist, is considered healthier than the "apple shape" where the waist size is greater or the same as the hip size.

Physical activity, including strength-training, is perfect for getting rid of belly fat. Crunches can bring in the waist as well, but unfortunately, they do it by strengthening the abdominal muscles rather than getting rid of fat. A walk in the park is good for fighting belly fat as well as helping most systems in your body.

Fruits and vegetables are the way to take in carbohydrates to fuel your body. Forget...

  • refined sugars,
  • white bread,
  • white pasta,
  • sugary drinks or anything else overly processed.

Rye and whole wheat bread and pasta are healthier than the white over processed products but be careful with your portion sizes.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

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