Hüftfett can protect against metabolic and cardiovascular diseases
Excess fat is generally considered unhealthy, but today, it is clear that, in particular, the so-called visceral fat (belly fat) has adverse health effects. The fat on the hips and thighs, however, can have according to newer studies also have positive health effects by, for instance, protects against cardiovascular diseases and metabolic diseases.
“Fat stored in the hip and thigh, this could offer protection from type 2 Diabetes, heart attack, damage to the rest of the vessels in the body and heart weakness”, according to the German center for diabetes research (DZD). The scientific evidence for this, Professor Norbert Stefan, working at the University hospital Tübingen and Institute for diabetes research at the Helmholtz centre in Munich, in an article of the magazine “the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology“ worn together.
Belly fat is a risk factor
Overweight and obesity are associated with a variety of diseases and constitute a significant risk factor for the global increase in type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In particular, the fat pads in the abdominal area, the fat is called visceral disorders has been shown to increase the risk for type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular. In the case of the fat on the hips and legs, the knowledge situation is, however, less clear.
Hüftfett more advantageous?
According to recent studies fat on the hips and top of could legs in fact, rather be advantageous. As “recently acquired knowledge in the context of studies in people with rare diseases, such as lipodystrophy, in which hardly any fatty tissue under the skin is formed, and studies of genetically determined fat distribution in the General population, suggests that the lack of ability of fat in the lower part of the body to save, is very important for the prediction of the emergence of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases,” explains Professor Norbert Stefan, in a press release of the DZD.
Protection against Diabetes and cardiovascular disease
From the data of large genetic studies also revealed that “an increased fat mass on the legs, probably regardless of the fat mass within the abdomen, in front of type-2 Diabetes and cardiovascular disease, can protect,” said Professor Stefan more. This hypothesis will also be supported by the recent results of a magnetic resonance imaging study in Tübingen.
Measurement of body fat for risk assessment?
In the review article, Professor Stefan not only presents the current results of the study, but also explains the extent to which the measurement of fat can be in the lower part of the body, reduce the risk of type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular disease to assess. Furthermore, it sets out the mechanisms which lead to energy in different fat depots of the body, or incorrectly in organs such as the liver, pancreas and heart, saved, the message of the DZD.
Changes in fat distribution
According to the experts, can contribute to age-related changes of Sex hormones and their signalling to a dramatic redistribution of fat from the lower to the upper part of the body. In addition, certain genetic and lifestyle to be involved in causes of a metabolically healthy or unhealthy fat distribution.
Not the least of Professor Stefan shows, “which are lifestyle-related and pharmacological interventions can help to avoid an unhealthy fat distribution and possibly undo”, reported the German center for diabetes research. Because the love handles could be the end for the health is actually worth Gold! (fp)