Measure your tummy. If it’s over 35 inches, there’s a problem. Here’s why

A special form of fat called visceral fat is stored inside the organs in the abdomen (tummy), chest, and blood vessels. The fat cells in this special form of fat break down faster than the fat cells in the other parts of the body. When these fat cells break down, they produce free fatty acids that are released into the blood and transported to the liver where they are packed into a type of fat called triglyceride-rich very-low-density lipoprotein (TG-VLDL).

The TG-VLDL makes the liver produce bad cholesterol (dysfunctional high-density lipoprotein cholesterol). It also makes the liver not produce a good form of cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein). Bad cholesterol causes the body cells to produce glucose from proteins and fats in the body (gluconeogenesis). The glucose is released into the blood and causes the blood glucose level to rise above normal levels.

The bad cholesterol also causes the blood vessels not to open freely (vasoconstriction).
Fat cells also produce a chemical messenger called adiponectin. This chemical messenger, adiponectin helps the body to keep the amount of glucose in the blood within normal levels and helps the body cells to function very well. But this chemical messenger is usually produced from fat tissues when someone is losing weight and the proportion of the body cells that are made up of fat (especially the special form of fat in the tummy) is reduced.
Therefore, it is important to reduce the amount of fat that is accumulating all over the body especially in the tummy and upper part of the body. The width of the tummy should be kept at less than 35 inches in women and 40 inches in men.

Comments (1)

  1. Edward
    Dec 5, 2021

    Very insightful 👍

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