Your love handles may be deadly, researchers warn


You might suppose a little weight around your midsection is harmless, but writers of a new newspaper carefulnes having pudge in the area could signal a serious condition that may cut years off your life.

In their commentary, written this week in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics , researchers at Florida Atlantic University( FAU) wrote that having love handles could be a sign of metabolic disorder, which is a combination of three or more factors: abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, abnormal lipids and insulin resistance.

“The major factor accelerating the pathway to metabolic syndrome is overweight and obesity, ” senior author Dr. Charles H. Hennekens, a medicine professor at FAU, said in a news release.


According to a 2017 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention( CDC ), the prevalence of metabolic disorder among American adults rose by more than 35 percent in 1988 1994 to 2007 2012, increasing from 25.3 percent to 34.2 percent.

People with metabolic disorder dont ever present symptoms but have a 16 18 percent 10 -year risk of a cardiovascular event, which is about as high as a patient who has had such an event before, the FAU researchers wrote in their paper.

Visceral fat, or fat in the midsection, can be easily measured by waist circumference. This measuring is increasingly being used as a marker for metabolic disorder hazard even when omitting person or persons body mass index( BMI ), a standard measuring for body fat, Dr. Dawn H. Sherling, first author and an associate professor of integrated medical science, said in the release.

“There are patients who have a normal body mass index yet are at high risk, Sherling told. These patients represent its significant population for clinicians to screen for metabolic syndrome.”

To reduce the health risks of metabolic disorder, the researchers advised aiming for a waistline of less than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women.

According to the CDC, about two-thirds of American adults are overweight and more than one-third are obese. Research suggests being overweight or obese can increase the health risks of stroke, kind 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and heart disease.

About 610,000 people die of heart disease each year in the U.S ., according to the CDC. Thats the equivalent of one in four U.S. deaths.

Yet, Hennekens pointed out, research suggests even moderate weight loss can offer health benefits.

Losing 5 percent or more of body weight with a brisk 20 -minute walk daily can dramatically reduce the risk of cardiovascular events and deaths, Hennekens said in the release.

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