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Pot Belly = Bad Indicator of Cardiovascular Health

Posted by Nirmala N.

According to experts, it’s not enough to lose weight to prevent heart disease—getting rid of your pot belly is even more crucial. According to researchers at the Coronary Care Unit at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, there’s a strong association between the pot-belly, apple body shape among young people and the build-up of plaque in the arteries. Apparently, ten to fifteen years down the road, this can actually lead to major heart problems, including heart attacks. Cardiovascular disease is also strongly associated with obesity; more than 870,000 Americans die from heart disease every year, and about one third of American adults are considered clinically obese. The study focused on data collected on more than 2,700 men and women between 30 and 65. After factors such as diabetes, age, smoking, and blood pressure were factored out, body shape became the best indicator of how much coronary artery calcium was found in the study participants. Those with the largest waist-to-hip ratios were twice as likely to have coronary calcium as those with the smallest. According to researchers, BMI in and of itself isn’t a good indicator of cardiovascular health because it doesn’t take into account abdominal fat, which appears to trigger harmful metabolic changes and the buildup of arterial

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I had no idea that ab fat was such an indicator. I never really liked BMI as a tool. I wonder if your percentage of body fat would yield same results as ab fat test, or if the fact that the fat around ab was so centralized makes the difference.
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