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You are at increased risks for suffering a heart attack and diabetes if you store fat primarily in your belly, rather than your hips.

Storing fat primarily in your belly markedly increases your chances of being obese and having high blood pressure, having low blood levels of the good HDL cholesterol and high blood levels of the bad LDL cholesterol and high blood levels of fatty triglycerides. (1,2) Each of these factors increase your chances of developing diabetes and heart attacks.

Men are far more likely than women to store fat in their bellies. Women who have highest levels of the male hormone, testosterone are the ones most likely to store fat in their bellies and get heart attacks and diabetes. Men who have the lowest estrogen levels are the ones most likely to suffer diabetes and heart attacks.

The fat cells that are deposited in your belly are much different from those in your hips. The blood that flows from belly fat goes directly to your liver, whereas the blood that flows from your hips goes into your general circulation. The livers of those who are primarily belly-fat storers do not remove insulin from the bloodstream as effectively as the livers of hip-fat storers. Belly-fat storers have more insulin in their bloodstream and higher blood sugar levels. Extra insulin raises blood levels of the bad LDL cholesterol and increases your chances of suffering a heart attack. (3).

June 6th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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