Hypertension and Abdominal Fat

We have taken a look at the different kinds of fat (normal vs brown fat) and have looked at how some fat can actually be good for us. However, the kind of fat we’re about to discuss is definitely not a good type of fat. In fact, as more and more research sheds light onto this type of fat, the more researchers believe it is one of the unhealthiest types our bodies can display. The fat in question is abdominal fat, and the latest report shows that abdominal fat might be in part linked to hypertension.

Most of us have heard the word hypertension thrown around before. People with hypertension suffer from high blood pressure, which can put your heart and arteries into overdrive. Over a certain period of time, your heart will begin to work much harder than it should, pumping blood through arteries that have been narrowed by unhealthy buildup. Hypertension increases your chances of having a stroke or a heart attack. If your doctor has talked to you about hypertension and high blood pressure, ask for their advice and listen to their recommendations on what to do. If you’re still looking for a doctor, the Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving has a number of general practitioners and a cardiology team.

A recent study, then, has raised some serious concerns about the link between abdominal fat and hypertension. In general, we know that too much fat is bad for us, but as it turns out, abdominal fat is a sign of hypertension, at least according to a study. Conducted by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, the study revealed that a high presence of visceral adipose tissue (or abdominal fat as most of us call it) has a much higher association with hypertension than just the BMI (body mass index) indicator. The study concludes that “visceral adipose, rather than total adiposity [total fat], is more important in this relationship” between BMI and developing hypertension.

While scientists are still looking into why our body stores fat at our abdomens, some links have been established. For example, it appears that the body stores fat at our abdomens because of hormones, our genetics, and because of lifestyle habits. Abdominal fat has been linked to other dangerous conditions, like diabetes, so if you see yourself gaining weight in this area, consult your doctor and create a plan on how to deal with it. After all, talking to your doctor has shown to increase the likelihood of you losing weight!