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Diabetes and Visceral Fat

Fat and thinDid you know that one of the leading causes of diabetes worldwide is the extra fat that is stored in your stomach and is literally suffocating many of your vital organs?

Both a genetic and developed disease (that is, a lifestyle disease), diabetes is a condition that is a direct result of the body’s inability to control a healthy sugar level.  In fact, the main reason for the occurrence of diabetes is due to the failure of insulin production.

Having extra fat, namely visceral fat, in the stomach region of the body produces a discharge of unhealthy elements that are a direct correlation between system inflammation and a metabolic breakdown.

During the onset of diabetes, the first sign of the hazardous disease is referred to as insulin resistance.  When insulin resistance occurs it does so because of the body’s decreased awareness of insulin cells. What happens is the body produces lots of insulin but the cells that register the insulin no longer register the insulin. So the body is forced to make more insulin. Eventually what happens is that the pancreas falters and then stops producing insulin.

Body composition is the link to diabetes. Having fat on the arms and legs for example is not associated with a risk of diabetes. Having fat in the abdomen is however.

The link between diabetes and excess visceral fat is so definite that it has been scientifically proven in terms of an abdomen’s diameter.  Men that exceed a stomach radius of 102 cm and women passing 88 cm are at a much greater risk of developing the disease than those individuals that have a proportionate body composition.

Because visceral fat can directly result in a body’s lack of insulin production, it is crucial to the body’s health and longevity to maintain a healthy lifestyle and be aware of what is happening around the waistline.

An incredibly accurate way to measure the fat in the waistline is to get a Dexa scan at Body Measure, Sydney’s experts in body composition measurement.

Symptoms of Diabetes

  • Weight loss
  • Frequent bathroom use
  • Extreme feeling of fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Constant thirst and hunger

Fortunately, through a healthy diet, fish oil intake and regular exercise, the visceral fat throughout the stomach and body can be reduced to healthy levels.

Without question, one of the best preventative maintenance options for you and your visceral fat is to come to Body Measure in Crow’s Nest, Sydney and get it measured with a Dexa Scan. And learn how to decrease visceral fat, if you are found to have unhealthy levels.

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Visceral Fat and trying to lose weight!

Did you know that having visceral fat can make losing body fat even harder?Man and woman body fat

Although almost everyone has visceral fat in their body, some individuals have a lot more than others.  By eating foods that are filled with fatty or sugar based substances, the visceral fat in your system will promote weight gain.

Visceral fat, is the bad fat around the organs of your stomach and can lead to problematic issues like diabetes and heart disease. So right there is a good reason to change your body composition and lose this bad fat.

But visceral fat is also a major player in weight gain.  Unlike other types of body fat, visceral fat alters the way that our body divides food and then stores fat cells. So that you metabolism is geared toward storing fat, rather than using it as a fuel source.  Additionally, this specific type of fat is one of the main causes of insulin resistance, which directly results in extra weight gain.

Luckily, there are many different ways for you to lose visceral fat and avoid weight gain all together.  Whether it’s through nutritional supplements like vitamins and supplements, regular exercise or a healthy diet, visceral fat can be reduced to healthy levels.

But, what if you don’t even know if you have visceral fat in your body?  The answer is much easier to find than you might think; especially with one quick and simple visit to Body Measure in Crow’s Nest, Sydney. Body Measure are Sydney’s leading experts in body composition.

The most exact way to get instant visceral fat results is by getting it measured with a Dexa Scan.

One of the most advanced measuring systems in the world, a Dexa Scan will provide you with tangible results.  Body Measure dexa Scan is the only machine in the word that can visualize the visceral fat in your body.

This state of the art body composition analysis only takes 5 minutes.

We will explain your results on the day and give you an in-depth review of the final outcome.

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Visceral Fat and Cardiovascular Disease

Not to be confused with the fat that lays directly beneath the skins surface, visceral fat, is fat stored around the organs in the stomach.

What a lot of people don’t realize about visceral fat, is that it is directly involved in cardiovascular disease.

In fact, a recent study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, has shown that obese people with  visceral fat have a 44% higher chance of contracting a heart condition or cardiovascular disease. 

Also known as stomach fat, visceral fat has been scientifically shown to clog the main arteries in the body, reducing healthy blood flow.

Moreover, visceral fat due to it inflammatory properties sets up an environment that worsens atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) further increasing the likelihood of cardiovascular disease.

Visceral fat is also processed by the body’s liver which consequently turns it into unhealthy cholesterol that flows through the blood.

Low visceral fat

Understanding body composition is really important for your health. Science is now showing that the location of a person’s fat that has more impact on health, than the actual amount of fat.

The good thing is, you can get rid of visceral fat. Through a healthy diet, nutrition consumption like fish oil and regular exercise, visceral fat can be reduced to healthy levels.
The most effective and accurate way to measure your body composition to determine visceral fat levels is by getting yourself measured with a Dexa Scan. Dexa Scan is the gold standard for body composition.

Many of our clients come to Body Measure, Sydney’s most accurate dexa scan, to have their visceral fat levels measured. Then after intervention, such as dietary changes and exercising we  re-measure their exact changes in visceral fat and body composition.

Body Measure is Sydney’s most accurate way to measure your body composition.

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Visceral Fat turning Men into Women!

man boobsIf you look around at men at the beach you will notice that there are more and more men these days with man boobs. This is something we used to see in older men but now its becoming more common in general and more common in younger men. So what’s going on!

Well the culprit for this phenomenon for many men is Visceral Fat.

Visceral fat also known as belly fat is the fat that is inside your abdomen. This fat is a bad fat and is responsible for things like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But what many people don’t know is that is produces and enzyme called aromatase.

Aromatase converts testosterone into estrogen. That is it converts male hormones into female hormones. Visceral fat produces so much aromatase that its literally feminizing men, by robbing them of testosterone.

So a man’s body composition is what makes them produce too much aromatase or not. It’s not the amount of fat on the body but rather where it is that makes all the difference.

Through a dexa scan at bodymeasure, Sydney’s most accurate body composition experts, men can find out where the fat is in their body. If a lot is found in the abdomen there is a high likelihood that aromatase will be very active in their system. If this is the case they will have higher than normal levels of estrogen (a female hormone) in their body.

Symptoms of high estrogen in men

  • Tiredness
  • Brain fogginess
  • Weight gain
  • Fat on the chest, man boobs
  • Depression
  • Lack of enthusiasm for life
  • Low sexual drive

Body Measure provides you with the only Dexa scan in sydney that can actually see your visceral fat and where its specifically located.

The scan takes five minutes and will provide you with immediate results.

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Belly Fat and Chronic Inflammation

Belly fatDid you know that fat around your organs (known as visceral fat) is a major source of chronic inflammation in people?

Without question, visceral fat is responsible for many of the health issues that plague western societies, from Diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even some cancers.

The new and somewhat surprising clinical finding is that visceral fat is one of the leading contributors to increased body inflammation.

Luckily, with a healthy diet, routine exercise and new technologies like a DEXA scan, you no longer have to be a prisoner to the hazardous health issues that are attributed to visceral fat.

In a research study published in the Journal of Diabetes, it was stated that visceral fat is one of the main factors contributing to chronic systemic inflammation.

In this specific study, researchers examined the blood of individuals that were receiving gastric bypass surgery and discovered that visceral fat in the stomach was directly storing large amounts of the inflammatory molecule IL-6 (interleukin-6), which was being transported directly to venous blood.

So the inflammatory molecules produced by visceral fat was being dumped into veins and transported throughout the body. Quite simply, visceral fat produced and spread chronic inflammation throughout the body.

There are many ways to reduce inflammation; medication, fish oils, exercise and other dietary modifications are shown to be clinically useful.

But wouldn’t it be smarter to get rid of visceral fat and remove a major contributor to chronic inflammation in your body?

Some signs and symptoms of chronic inflammation.

Body measure client with high visceral fat levels

High visceral fat is seen as green and yellow spots in the mid section

  • Ongoing, irritating pain in the body (like the joints or muscles)
  • Allergies or asthma (especially when they keep getting worse)
  • High blood pressure or blood sugar problems
  • Ulcers and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (constipation or diarrhea)
  • Constant fatigue or lethargy
  • Skin problems or red, bloodshot eyes

So how do you know how much visceral fat is in your body?

The most accurate way is to come to Body Measure in Crow’s Nest, Sydney and get it measured with a Dexa Scan.

The Dexa machine at Body Measure is the only Dexa scan in the world that visualizes visceral fat. Yes you will actually see where you visceral fat is located and how much there is!

Dexa only takes five minutes, is painless, and we go through your results straight away.

If visceral fat is found you can find out exactly how to lose it!

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Measuring your Body Fat

With summer hitting us earlier than expected this year our training programs for that beach body have been brought forward! The trick with being healthy and looking good is knowing that you are losing fat without losing muscle mass. So at what point does the number on the scales become irrelevant?

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There are 5 common ways that we can measure our body fat. But how accurate are they?

Caliper Skin Test

The caliper skin test is essentially a pinch test with a millimeter measurement. This measurement is literally “grab your skin” and measure how much fat there is. They can be accurate for that area but it is difficult to ensure that you re-measure the exact same spot after a few weeks of training to check your progress.

This test cannot be used for those who are considered overweight or obese because the caliper will literally not be able to grab all the excess skin/fat.

It is, however, a good “at home” tool to use as a general idea on how you’re going.

Of course however Calipers cannot measure intra muscular fat ( fat between the muscles ) or visceral or intra-abdominal fat ( the bad fat that is around your stomach organs that is correlated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and increased inflammation )

Bioelectric Impedance Anaylsis (BIA)

BIA is based on body water balance and is essentially like stepping on a set of scales that has the extra capabilities of determining the electrical current through your body. As muscle has a different density to fat they are able to give an estimation of total body fat.

This tool is inexpensive but has also been deemed inaccurate as it is so highly dependent on your level of hydration that your results can vary vastly day to day.

We have measured clients who have had BIA and then have had a Dexa Scan at Body Measure, in Crow’s Nest and have a differing values of 15% body

Anthropometric

Using a measuring tape take calculations for the circumference of your neck, waist, hips and height and by plugging the information in to a special calculator, which you can find through google, you will have a BMI figure to work with! You have to be careful to make sure that when you reevaluate in a months’ time that you use the exact same location because otherwise it will throw the data out. So the biggest problem here is human error/accuracy but it’s super simple to do!

Hydrostatic Weighing

This method has been the “gold standard” of body fat measurement up until recently. This method is based on densities of fat and lean muscle being greater than the density of water. Therefore someone submerged in water is able to measure their fat/muscle densities by doing some simple calculations related to their weight on land. Furthermore you need to do a test prior whereby you measure your weight once you have expelled all the air from your lungs (to make the measurement more accurate).

The problems with this method are that they are difficult (not easily accessible) and expensive to do, but it is deemed to be accurate within 1.5% error margin.

DEXA Scan

The new “Gold Standard” in body fat measurement! Based on the differing densities of bone, fat and lean muscle the Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry enables you to see the breakdown of body composition by area.

Dexa scan showing body fat

Actual Dexa Scan from Bodymeasure

This method involves 2 very low x-ray beams passing through the body in a 5minute scan. Until recently this method has been expensive, but now you are able to have a scan for only $85 at Body Measure in Crows Nest on Sydney’s Lower North Shore!

Known to be 99% accurate, fast, safe, easy, and affordable we recommend this as the best method of calculating your body composition and then being able to easily re-check it with certainty 4-8wks later.

By far the most accurate way to know your body fat percentage, actual weight of lean tissue mass and fat mass is by getting a Dexa scan at Body Measure, Crows Nest, in Sydney’s lower north shore!

The bonus is that you will also get your bone density measured at the same time.