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Fat Distribution Plays An Important Role In Heart Health

September 2, 2010 by  

Fat distribution plays an important role in heart health Some individuals who change their diet and add more exercise to their fitness routine have an easy time shedding their excess pounds. However, others who make similar lifestyle changes have difficulty reaching their desired body weight and improving their heart health.

A new study from German researchers has found that the location of body fat may play a large role in determining whether or not lifestyle changes will make an impact on an individual’s weight and health.

Scientists from University Hospital Tubingen found that fat located in the liver or around the abdomen can be extremely difficult to burn of through exercise or eliminate with improved diet.

"You may have two individuals who weigh the same and have the same body mass index, but have very different levels of internal fat," said lead researcher Jürgen Machann. "Abdominal and liver fat are the two most important factors in predicting whether a lifestyle intervention will be successful."

He added that fat in these areas may also damage heart health to a greater degree, making it vital for doctors to pay attention to the distribution of their patient’s fat.

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  • Soldier

    Its not rocket science. If you burn more calories then you consume you will lose weight. period. Just like, no matter how gas efficient your car is, if you don’t fill up your car eventually, it will run out of gas, period. Our bodies don’t create energy out of thin air. Stop eating so much and start exercising more. simple.

    • coal miner


      Does that goes for Lard ass Rush limbaugh?HA HA HA

  • Dan Burke

    Is this like sugar? Your body handles sugar (in its natural state) just fine. The problems lie in what type of sugar/fat we eat (and thus its quantity).

    As a teenager, I remember going into a friends home, seeing the empty pan on the stove and asking innocently how many of them it fed (a large family like the one I come from). I was told that it fed the whole family. I was amazed. The one pan of food would have fed just me. I ate a LOT back then. It would be my mom that clarified the difference, which was helpful because I would not take off my shirt because you could count my ribs back then too.

    I ate a lot of fruits, vegetables, meat, and grains. It was what I didn’t eat that marked the difference between me and that family. My snacks between meals were carrots, celery, and maybe another sandwich. Their snacks between meals were potato chips and sweets.

    So you would think just changing the diet and adding exercise (I lived on a hobby farm back then) would just instantly drop the pounds. I knew well enough then perhaps the question isn’t really then about how much fat they are storing, but perhaps we should ask why it is being stored there. Is there something else out of balance? For example, maybe they are not getting enough salt. And despite what some claim your body DOES need salt. We just typically eat too much salt. And I knew this because we fed some animals on our farm salt because they didn’t get enough…. Amazing what us “hicks” end up learning?

    • Dan Burke

      By the way, I don’t think it necessarily salt. I just used that as an example of something that we remove from our diet because we are taught it is B A D, even though we actually do need it. I probably get more than enough from the regular foods I eat now (as that skinny kid I used to put more salt on my macaroni and cheese than I can hardly believe I did. Which now I cannot hardly stand any salt on my macaroni and cheese anymore and if I didn’t remember that I did that I would hardly believe it–for example, once the salt shaker split open on my food and dumped its contents and I still ate it all as a teenager).

      Anyways, what I was trying to point out and completely missed is that our body actually puts fat in certain locations for specific reasons. Sometimes the body is out of balance and this alters its reactions. For example, some fat in the body cavity is good. I learned in health way back when it seems that someone with NO fat is just at as much health risk as someone with too much. Most of us have too much, definitely. But what do we need that fat for? To protect organs? And where are some of the organs that need protection? Hmm…. Try that abdominal region perhaps? And so why would the body be storing fat there? What is it protecting and why? It could be like an allergic reaction where our immune system is protecting us from a perceived threat. And thus they are storing fat in excess when it isn’t needed and that is why it soo dang hard to lose. Or it could be that there is a real threat we cannot see? Maybe we aren’t getting the right foods. Who knows, maybe my guess is half right and they’ve got a lack of salt or some other nutrient that now the body isn’t properly regulating itself and so a that which would regulate the bodies natural defenses is out of sorts and defending against a real or perceived threat by storing excess fat in select cavities to protect certain organs and in reality doing actually more harm than any good. Remember, my idea here is that something else may be out of balance.

  • Radar NZ

    Soldier you are partly right,POWs had no abdominal fat,but even animals ie sheep develop fat guts as they age and they have to work just as hard to survive! Also why do the human race develop diabetes about the same time as this malady becomes obvious. Is there no way yet to overcome this health problem? are we not receiving the right fat from our youth? Another concerned victim.


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