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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 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!