What are Doctors Seeing
Just see what doctors and medical studies are saying about an increased abdominal fat can increase – read the direct linked articles or do your own key word Google search:
- Premature death
- Cardiovascular Disease (Heart Attack)
- Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs)
- High Blood Pressure
Contribution of Obesity and Abdominal Fat Mass to Risk of Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attacks more information – Date: January 2009 (Epub Aug. 14, 2008)
“The study assessed waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), waist-to-stature ratio (WSR) and body mass index (BMI) to determine their relationship with stroke. The study found that measures of abdominal fat were all significantly associated with stroke risk, but that BMI, after controlling for physical inactivity, smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes, was not.”
Another study linking abdominal fat and heart disease…
There is increasing evidence that excess abdominal fat is a risk factor for long-term conditions like diabetes and heart disease.– National Institute of Health www.nih.gov/news/health/apr2008/niddk-07.htm – 16k
Most Common Cause of Death In Women…
Risk factors for cardiovascular disease in women. Schenck-Gustafsson K.Maturitas. 2009 Apr 27. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 19403246 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Management of women’s health seldom includes cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention in spite of CVD being the most common cause of death in females being even more common than cancer, HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined…The most important factors for developing CVD are dyslipidaemia, hypertension, smoking, stress, diabetes, obesity (especially abdominal fat distribution), physical inactivity, poor eating habits and possibly excessive alcohol intake. Some unique risk factors for CVD exist in women; of which older age at presentation is a major one as they are more likely to suffer from co-morbidities such as diabetes and hypertension.
Excess abdominal fat increases risk of high blood pressure
“At the 4th International Symposium on Obesity and Hypertension in Berlin the importance of distribution of body fat and its affect on health was highlighted. The key factor was not the Body Mass Index (BMI) but where on the body the excess fat was distributed. Those with excess fat on the abdominal area, known as abdominal obesity are at the highest risk of developing high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Reduction of Abdominal fat dramatically increases your life
Posted in Death & Dying, Weight & Obesity on Nov 17, 2008
359,387 participants enrolled in European Prospective Investigation
Lowest risk of BMI (body mass index) was observed in men with 25.3 and women with 24.3
Men with waists exceeding 47″ were twice as likely to die earlier compared with those with waists less than 31.5″.
Women with waists over 39″ had double the risk of premature death compared with those of less than 25.5″.
For people with the same BMI each extra 2″ raised the risk of early death by 17% for men and 13% for women
Abdominal Fat and Risk of Dementia
A recent study published in the Neurology journal examined 6,583 Kaiser Permanente health-care plan members between the ages of 40 and 45 who had their abdominal fat measured in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Between 1994 and 2006 the researchers followed up with the plan members who were then in their 70s and older. The results revealed that 16 percent of the participants studied had developed dementia. Overweight people with large bellies were 2.3 times more likely to develop dementia and obese people with the most abdominal fat were 3.6 times more likely to develop dementia than those with the least amount of belly fat.
Overall, 21 percent of the individuals studied with high levels of abdominal fat developed dementia in comparison to 15 percent of other participants. The effects of belly fat remained even when researchers adjusted their statistics to take into account the effect of conditions such as stroke and diabetes. In conclusion, the researchers suggest that abdominal body fat increases the risk of dementia independently of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Doctors, Dietitians Stand Behind Fat/Cancer Link
By CARLA WILLIAMS
ABC News Medical Unit
Oct. 31, 2007
“What’s new about this report is that a panel of distinguished scientists from around that world reviewed findings from multiple studies, and when we added them all together we found that excess body fat increases risk of developing cancer,” said Dr. Steven Zeisel, director of the Nutrition Research Institute at the University of North Carolina and expert on the AICR panel.
“We analyzed over 500 studies and found that it is highly probable that being fat increases your risk of developing a number of cancers,” said Zeisel. “Every increment of being leaner reduces your cancer risk.”