What are the health implications of belly fat?

Belly fat, especially visceral fat around organs, has many health risks.

Cardiovascular Disease: Abdominal obesity increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It raises triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and lowers HDL cholesterol.

Belly obesity is connected to insulin resistance due to cell insensitivity. Insulin resistance can cause high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes.

Cytokines are released by fat cells, especially visceral fat. Cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, and inflammatory illnesses are linked to chronic inflammation.

Metabolic syndrome—high blood pressure, excessive blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol, and abdominal obesity—is centered on belly fat. Metabolic syndrome increases heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes risk.

Abdominal obesity can disturb hormonal homeostasis, increasing cortisol and inflammatory chemicals. 

Excess belly fat can restrict diaphragm expansion, reducing lung function causing respiratory issues.

Extra belly fat strains the lower back, hips, and knees. This can cause joint pain and osteoarthritis.

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