By Kathleen Blanchard RN for eMaxHealth.com
Perhaps you thought having a pear shaped body is healthier compared to being more like an apple with some fat around the middle. A long-held notion that fat in the thighs or buttocks is less risky for heart disease and diabetes than the kind that accumulates in the belly has just been busted by researchers at UC Davis Health System.
According to the investigators for the study, the health protective effects of fat in the buttocks, thighs and hips is more of a myth than a reality.
Health risks of diabetes, heart disease linked to protein in buttocks fat
Evidence for the finding that is published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism uncovered a protein lurking in buttocks fat that promotes inflammation, insulin resistance that is a precursor to diabetes and metabolic syndrome. In the past, researchers believed the aforementioned health risks came mostly from belly fat.
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