Health Risks of Excess Belly Fat in Men
If you are hauling a few additional pounds, you are not alone. The troubling news is that extra weight, particularly belly fat, is unhealthy and can be dangerous.
Why excess belly fat is unhealthy and dangerous
Belly fat is not confined to the layer just below the skin. It also consists of fat accumulated above the abdominal cavity (visceral fat). This type of fat is stored around a few critical internal organs such as the liver, intestines and pancreas. Visceral fat is also known as ‘active fat’ because studies show that fat cells, especially abdominal fat cells, produce hormones that can affect our health and body function. Accumulating large amounts of visceral fat (active fat) is associated with higher risks of type 2 diabetes and other health problems.
Health risks of excess belly fat in men
Studies show that regardless of body weight, great amounts of belly fat is associated with increased risks of:
- Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Colon cancer
- Sleep apnea
Causes of excess belly fat
Here are 8 common causes of excess belly fat:
- Hormonal imbalance
- Poor diet (high sugar, low protein and low fiber)
- Excess alcohol consumption
- Physical inactivity
- Nutritional deficiency
- Imbalance in gut bacteria
- Stress and lack of sleep
How to get rid of excess belly fat
We are aware that numerous factors cause excess belly fat. Making healthy food and lifestyle choices is necessary to prevent and treat this condition. However, a few factors such as genetics and hormone imbalance may be difficult to control. The great news is NuMale Medical Center can help. Our medical provider will perform a blood test to check your hormone levels, evaluate your health and family history, and recommend a customized treatment plan. Schedule a consultation
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