Tag: visceral fat

New Reasons to Skip Sugary Drinks

Two new studies add to the evidence that led the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans to recommend restricting intake of added sugars, nearly half of which in US diets come from sugar-sweetened beverages. (See NewsBites.) In one study, sweetened beverage consumption was significantly associated with greater risk of heart failure

Eating to Beat Belly Fat

You may begrudge belly fat because it makes it tougher to fit into your clothes, but a bigger reason to whittle your waistline is for your health. The belly fat you can pinch, which sits just below your skin, is called subcutaneous fat. The bigger health risk is thought to

1. Your Heart-Brain Partnership

Biologically speaking, everything that makes you what you are depends on a three-pound organ inside your skull that is kept alive by the beating of an organ in your chest that weighs only 8 to 10 ounces. Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day, pumping 2,000 gallons of blood

Maintain a Healthy Weight to Help Prevent COPD

Shrink your waistline–but not too much—and you’ll lower your risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), suggests a recent study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (July 7, 2014).
Previous research has linked excess belly fat and waist circumference to COPD progression. However, it was unknown whether they were leading contributors

Banish Belly Fat, and Save Your Brain

For those of us with expansive waistlines and worries about our brain health, getting rid of excess abdominal fat should be a major priority. Abdominal fat, also called belly fat or visceral fat, is one component of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of five risk factors that increase risk for stroke,

Newsbriefs: Body Type; Weight Loss; Sleep Disorders; Depression

Body Type Matters.
Central obesity can be hazardous to your health even if you’re not overweight, concluded a re-cent study from Mayo Clinic, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The problem is that visceral fat in the midsec-tion is stored around several organs, such as the liver and pancreas. When

The Not-So-Sweet Side of Sugar

It’s common knowledge that eating too much sugar can pack on the pounds, but new research is showing that sugar may play an even greater role in coronary heart disease (CHD) and other health issues than previously thought.

“Consuming a diet high in sugar has been shown to cause metabolic abnormalities

Apples vs. Pears: Body Type Matters

Abdominal fat—an apple-shaped figure—may pose a different health risk profile than fat spread all over the body, or from the hips down (the so-called pear shape). A 2016 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine determined that a “spare tire” (central or abdominal obesity) can be hazardous to your health

Apple Shape Versus Pear Shape? What’s Healthier?

Q. My best friend and I are having an argument we hope you can solve. I say that being pear-shaped is healthier than being apple-shaped. She says extra fat is bad, period. Who’s right?
A. This is not a simple question. Fat is not harmless. It causes inflammation, which can trigger

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