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Losing This Kind of Fat is Most Important, Say Studies — Eat This Not That – Eat This, Not That

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If there were a competition for the top health story of the new millennium, one serious contender would be the revelation that not all fat is created equal. Contrary to decades of bad publicity about dietary fat, “healthy” fats can actually improve your heart health and help you lose weight. Similarly, gaining and carrying body fat in a certain area of the body is much more dangerous than having it in other areas, and if you have it, you should prioritize losing it ASAP. Read…….

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If there were a competition for the top health story of the new millennium, one serious contender would be the revelation that not all fat is created equal. Contrary to decades of bad publicity about dietary fat, “healthy” fats can actually improve your heart health and help you lose weight. Similarly, gaining and carrying body fat in a certain area of the body is much more dangerous than having it in other areas, and if you have it, you should prioritize losing it ASAP. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.

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The fat that’s most important to lose is visceral fat, also known as abdominal fat or belly fat.

Unlike subcutaneous fat—the jiggly fat under the skin that you can grab or pinch—visceral fat surrounds organs deep within the abdomen, like the stomach, liver and intestines. It can prevent those crucial organs from doing their jobs optimally and compromise your overall health by releasing toxins and hormones into the bloodstream.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, excess visceral fat raises your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and sleep apnea. 

In women, visceral fat is also associated with polycystic ovary syndrome, breast cancer, and the need for gallbladder surgery, says Harvard Medical School. 

Additionally, according to a February study published in the journal Metabolism, excess visceral fat raises your risk of severe COVID-19. Researchers theorize visceral fat may trigger an immune system overreaction called a cytokine storm, in which inflammation causes vital organs to fail.

The more visceral fat you have, the higher your chance of developing these issues.

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Research suggests that fat cells — particularly abdominal fat cells — are biologically active,” says Harvard Medical School. “It’s appropriate to think of fat as an endocrine organ or gland, producing hormones and other substances that can profoundly affect our health.”

Visceral fat may increase the production of inflammatory substances in the body that raise the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Visceral fat’s proximity to the liver and pancreas could also increase “bad” cholesterol and inhibit the body from breaking down fat and processing blood sugar. 

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Source: https://www.eatthis.com/news-importance-losing-visceral-fat/