Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET
Category: General Health
Fat that builds up in a person's stomach area may not be the best indication of an increased risk for certain diseases, according to a new study.
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that body fat in the belly may not be a risk factor for conditions like diabetes and heart disease, but fat in the liver might be.
The study found that when fat collects in the liver, some people may experience serious metabolic problems such as insulin resistance as well as an increased production of fat particles in that organ.
Traditionally, scientists and doctors and linked the fat inside a person's belly, known as visceral fat, to an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. However, this study suggests those experts should look elsewhere.
"Visceral fat tracks closely with liver fat," said Dr Samuel Klein, senior investigator in the study. "We have found that excess fat in the liver, not visceral fat, is a key marker of metabolic dysfunction. Visceral fat might simply be an innocent bystander that is associated with liver fat."
People who have too much liver fat suffer from a condition known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Some doctors say the condition can be reversed if a person restricts their calorie intake for at least two days.
Related Articles from Private MD:
News Categories:Advanced Lipid Treatment I Allergy Testing Anemia and RBC disorders Autoimmune Diseases Bariatric Lab Testing Blood and Blood Diseases Breast Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers Celiac Disease Testing Chlamydia Coagulation and blood clotting disorders Colon Diabetes DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing Drug Screening Environmental Toxin Testing Female Specific Tests Gastrointestinal Diseases General Health General Wellness Heart Health and Cholesterol Herpes HIV HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos Hormones and Metabolism Infectious Diseases Infertility Testing-Male Infertitlity Hormone Testing Kidney Diseases Leukemia and WBC disorders Liver Liver Diseases Lyme Disease Male Specific Tests Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis Musculoskeletal Diseases Organ Specific Testing Ovarian Prostate Sexually Transmitted Diseases Thyroid Diseases Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment
Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here
Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.Back to top