A new study published in the British Medical Journal reports a close association between excess belly fat and early death.
According to "Sputnik" agency, the study included more than 2.5 million participants, over a period of 24 years, that every 10 cm increase in belly fat in women raises the risk of premature death by 8%, while this percentage increases to 12% in Men.
The results of the study also showed that fat in the hips and thighs reduces the risk of early death, and the fats in these areas may help protect people from high cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
According to experts, belly fat refers to the accumulation of a type of fat, known as visceral fat, around various internal organs, such as the liver, pancreas and intestine.
These visceral fats are called "active fats", because they affect the function of the hormone, through secretion of a protein that increases insulin resistance, making us vulnerable to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, excess cholesterol, heart disease, some types of cancer and Alzheimer's disease. .
It is worth noting that visceral fat differs from the soluble fat we see in the arms, legs and thighs.