'Hidden fat' raises a woman's risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease

Mail Online | 9/9/2019 | Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
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'Hidden' fat may raise a woman's risk of getting type 2 diabetes and heart disease, research suggests.

Scientists estimated how much visceral fat, which surrounds the abdominal organs, is carried by more than 325,000 people.

Fat - Risk - Everything - Diabetes - Blood

They found the internal fat raises the risk of everything from type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure to a heart attack, especially in women.

For every additional 2.2lbs (1kg) of visceral fat a woman gains, her risk of the health complications rises by more than seven times, the study found.

Men - Odds - Doubles - Differences - Sexes

This is compared to men, whose odds 'a little more than doubles'. It is unclear why there are these differences between the sexes.

'We were surprised visceral fat was more strongly linked to risk of disease in women compared to men,' study author Dr Åsa Johansson said.

Kilogram - Fat - Risk - Type - Times

'Adding an extra kilogram of visceral fat can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes more than seven times in women.

'The same amount of fat accumulation only increases the risk a little more than two times in men.'

Heart - Disease - Quarter - Deaths - UK

Heart disease is responsible for a quarter of all deaths in the UK and US, statistics show.

Type 2 diabetes is also a serious problem, with more than half a billion people being thought to have the condition worldwide.

Visceral - Fat - Person - Risk - Type

Visceral fat has long been known to increase a person's risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Visceral fat also secretes a protein called retinol-binding protein four, which may increase insulin resistance.

Cells - Factor - Type - Diabetes

This occurs when cells do not respond properly to insulin and is the 'driving factor' for type 2 diabetes.

However, the extent of visceral fat's harm, and the genes behind it, were less clear.

Researchers - Fat - Levels - Hundreds - Thousands

To learn more, the researchers estimated the hidden fat levels of hundreds of thousands of people. They did this by looking...
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