The Dangerous of Obesity

Obesity aka overweight does give a lot of problems in the body. Especially when fat accumulates in the abdomen. In addition to not so attractive, the distended abdomen also staked out by many diseases.

Belly fat is a term to describe the excess fat contained in the stomach. Belly does not give any benefit to the health of the body.

Most of belly fat is the impact of excess weight, but there are also other causes, namely weak abdominal muscles, poor posture, too much alcohol, stress and excess hormones.

Distended abdomen can also show the presence of gastrointestinal problems (indigestion), such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and gastroparesis, which is a type of nerve damage that affects the stomach.

When fat accumulates in the abdomen is no longer deploy excess body fat throughout the body. Fat like 'gather' in the stomach is visceral fat or intra-abdominal fat is associated with high cholesterol, high insulin, high triglycerides, high blood pressure and other problems.

Here are some diseases that lurk the owner of belly fat, as reported Dailyhealthpost, Wednesday (04/17/2013):

1. Decline in lung function

Last year, a team of Finnish researchers found that a large waist circumference and volume associated with decreased lung function. Over time, the decline in lung function can cause constriction of the airways and chronic lung diseases such as asthma in the end.

2. Arterial degeneration

Another study in 2012 found a significant association between abdominal obesity and high incidence of arthrosclerosis and arterial stiffness. The researchers studied people with abdominal obesity (belly fat) and general obesity, as well as healthy people, and found that for each increase of 0.1 in the ratio of waist circumference, the artery problem worse.

This trend is especially true in people with excess abdominal fat. Degeneration of the arteries can lead to stroke and heart diseases.

3. Impaired blood sugar

Visceral fat, the fat found in the belly fat, produces a number of hormones that can wreak havoc on your metabolism system. This hormone can trigger changes in insulin receptors in the body, which makes insulin starts to become less effective in helping regulate blood sugar. It is, of course one of the main causes of diabetes.

4. Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

What happens in the gut can have a big effect on the brain. A study in 2010 found that the waist-hip ratio, and the presence of abdominal visceral fat, is associated with low brain volume.

Low brain volume, in turn, has been associated with dementia (senile) general and can also be a contributing factor in Alzheimer's disease.

5. High cholesterol

Visceral fat can be turned into free fatty acids by the body, which results in the production of LDL (also known as bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. In addition, free fatty acids also reduce the body's levels of HDL (also known as good cholesterol).

Along with abdominal obesity relationship with arterial degeneration, cholesterol-related excess belly fat is a perfect storm for heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.