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Hip fat can protect against metabolic and cardiovascular diseases
Excess fat deposits are generally considered to be unhealthy, although it is clear today that visceral fat (belly fat) in particular has adverse health effects. The fat on the hips and thighs, on the other hand, can also have positive health effects, according to recent studies, for example by protecting against cardiovascular diseases and metabolic diseases.
"If fat is stored on the hips and thighs, this could provide protection, among other things. before type 2 diabetes, heart attack, damage to the other vessels in the body and heart failure, ”reports the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD). Professor Norbert Stefan, active at the University Hospital in Tübingen and the Institute for Diabetes Research at the Helmholtz Center in Munich, has compiled the scientific evidence for this in a contribution by the specialist magazine "Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology".
Belly fat is a risk factor
Obesity and obesity are linked to a variety of diseases and are a major risk factor for the worldwide increase in type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Abdominal fat deposits in particular, the so-called visceral fat, have been shown to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. With the fat on the hips and legs, however, the knowledge is less clear.
Hip fat rather beneficial?
According to recent research, fat on the hips and thighs could actually be more beneficial. For example, “recent findings from studies in people with rare diseases such as lipodystrophy, in which subcutaneous fat is hardly formed, and studies of genetically determined fat distribution in the general population suggest that the inability to store fat in the lower part of the body , is very important for predicting the development of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, ”explains Professor Norbert Stefan in a press release from the DZD.
Protection against diabetes and cardiovascular diseases
Data from large genetic studies also show that "an increased fat mass on the legs, probably independent of the fat mass in the abdomen, can protect against type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases," continues Professor Stefan. This hypothesis is also supported by current results from a magnetic resonance imaging study from Tübingen.
Measuring body fat for risk assessment?
In the review article, Professor Stefan not only presents the current study results, but also explains to what extent the measurement of fat in the lower part of the body can be helpful in assessing the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Furthermore, he explains the mechanisms that lead to energy being stored in various fat deposits in the body, or incorrectly in organs such as the liver, pancreas and heart, according to the DZD.
Changes in fat distribution
According to the expert, changes in sex hormone levels and their signaling in old age can contribute to a dramatic redistribution of fat from the lower to the upper part of the body. In addition, certain genetic and lifestyle-related causes are involved in a metabolically healthy or unhealthy fat distribution.
Last but not least, Professor Stefan shows "which lifestyle-related and pharmacological interventions can help to avoid and possibly reverse unhealthy fat distribution", reports the German Center for Diabetes Research. After all, hip gold could actually be worth gold for your health! (fp)
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This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Dipl. Geogr. Fabian Peters
- Prof. Norbert Stefan: Causes, consequences, and treatment of metabolically unhealthy fat distribution; in: The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, Volume 8, Issue 7, July 2020, sciencedirect.com
- German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD): How and why hip gold can protect against metabolic and cardiovascular diseases (published June 24th, 2020), dzd-ev.de