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Bottom line, too much fat presents an array of health issues and decreases longevity. However, our body composition is not about how much we weigh; our body composition is more about where we store fat. But did you know that stored visceral fat increases your risk of certain conditions like high blood sugar, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and even cancer? Here’s what you need to know about what visceral fat is and what it does to your body:

There are two types of stored fat: subcutaneous and visceral.

Subcutaneous fat is stored just under the skin. If you do the pinch test, what you grab is subcutaneous fat. Beneath that, the visceral fat forms within the abdominal cavity surrounding critical internal organs like the liver, pancreas and intestines. Often referred to as “active fat’ by researchers, this type of fat plays a distinctive and dangerous role in hormone function. If you have a large waist or pronounced belly, this may be a sign of visceral fat.

Considered toxic, visceral fat is dangerous fat cells that do more than just sit there.

They actually change the way the body operates. These fat cells can provoke inflammation and signal molecules to interfere with normal hormonal functions. Keep in mind, fat cells do more than store calories, they increase production of cytokines, a pro-inflammatory chemical that leads to inflammation. This same chemical can also interfere with hormones that regulate appetite, weight, mood and brain function.

The body orchestrates a series of chemical releases to tell us when to eat and when to stop.

This system is derived on the communication between the brain and other major organs and this connection is what keeps us at a healthy weight or susceptible to weight gain and visceral fat. D

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