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Spot Diabetes & Heart Disease FAST – The #1 Trigger Revealed (Easiest Trick Ever)

By on February 28, 2017
This type of body shape could cause type 2 diabetes and heart disease, say researchers.

According to a new study published in JAMA, people who carry more fat around their abdomen, referred to as abdominal adiposity, have a genetic variant that increases the risk of developing both diseases. People who are more genetically inclined to have bigger hips and thighs lack this variant, however, keeping their risk low.

While many studies have linked abdominal fat to these diseases in the past, this study is one of the first to show it could serve as a cause for these conditions. That’s a scary–but substantial–finding.

“Although a substantial focus of drug development has been toward therapeutics to reduce overall adiposity, there has been little effort toward the development of therapies that modify body fat distribution to reduce abdominal adiposity,” the researchers write in JAMA. “These results provide evidence supportive of a causal association between abdominal adiposity and the development of type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.”

The research looked at four studies conducted between 2007 and 2015, which included over 320,000 adults with different body shapes. Researchers focused on adults who specifically had a high waist-to-hip ratio, commonplace among people with high abdominal adiposity.

After adjusting for BMI (body mass index), they looked at certain health markers indicative of a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, which included:

  • Lipids
  • Blood glucose
  • Insulin
  • Systolic blood pressure

From there, they also examined if these high-risk individuals also have a high waist-to-hip ratio. The result? Many of them did.

“The results permit several conclusions,” write researchers. “For example, increased abdominal adiposity at a given BMI has been proposed as an explanation for the excess risk of coronary heart disease observed in South Asians. Similarly, greater abdominal adipose tissue at a given BMI has been proposed to underlie the excess risk of coronary heart disease at a given BMI among men compared with women.”

However, reducing this risk remains a challenge for researchers. As this conditions is largely genetic, it can’t necessarily be eradicated. Instead, finding ways to control how much belly fat people have–such as tailoring specific diet and exercise plans–could be instrumental here.

It can also help doctors better determine a person’s risk of both diseases.

“These results provide evidence supportive of a causal association between abdominal adiposity and these outcomes,” write researchers.

What This Means For You

If you have excess fat around your abdomen, let this study serve as a serious wake-up call. If you’re not reducing it now, you’re already at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease–and both could eventually kill you.

Readers: Do you struggle with belly fat?

Sources:
Abdominal Fat May Cause Type 2 Diabetes, Heart DiseaseMedicalNewsToday.com
Genetic Association of Waist-to-Hip Ratio With Cardiometabolic Traits, Type 2 Diabetes, and Coronary Heart Disease (Study)JAMANetwork.com

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