Visceral fat – what it is dangerous and where it comes from
Visceral fat is fat that accumulates around internal organs in the abdominal cavity, such as the heart, liver, pancreas, and others. Unlike subcutaneous fat, which accumulates under the skin and can be seen outward, visceral fat is inside the organs and cannot be seen. Visceral fat is considered more dangerous to your health than subcutaneous fat, and here’s why:
- Link to metabolic disorders: Visceral fat is linked to the development of metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes and metabolic maintenance syndrome. This fat produces substances that can cause insulin resistance, which increases the risk of developing diabetes.
- Cardiovascular Risk: Visceral fat accumulation is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis (fat deposition in the arteries), hypertension (high blood pressure) and myocardial infarction (heart attack).
- Inflammation: Visceral fat is actively involved in inflammatory processes in the body. The inflammation associated with visceral fat accumulation can exacerbate a number of chronic diseases and cause them to develop.
- Hormonal changes: Visceral fat can affect the hormonal balance in the body, including levels of hormones such as adiponectin and leupeptins, which can affect appetite and metabolism.
- Genetic and environmental factors: The development of visceral fat is influenced by genetic factors as well as lifestyle, including diet, physical activity levels and stress.
To reduce the risk of visceral fat accumulation and related diseases, it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle. This includes regular exercise, a balanced diet, controlling calorie and sugar intake, managing stress and getting enough sleep. If you have concerns about your visceral fat levels or your overall health, it is important to consult a doctor who will be able to take appropriate measurements and make recommendations.