2010-11-09 Belly fat in women: How to keep it off



Belly fat hasn’t always been your problem — you’ve worried more about hips and thighs. Now your midsection’s making up for lost time. What’s up?

Whether it’s because of heredity, hormonal changes or aging-related weight gain, many women notice an increase in belly fat as they grow older — and especially after menopause. Gaining fat in your abdomen is particularly unhealthy when compared with other locations in your body. Excess belly fat increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain types of cancers. The good news is that a few lifestyle changes and some targeted abdominal exercises can help you battle your belly bulge.

Belly fat (visceral fat) accumulates in your abdomen in the spaces between your organs. Subcutaneous fat, on the other hand, is the fat you can feel if you pinch some skin and tissue around your middle. Too much belly fat puts you at greater risk of disease, such as heart disease, breast cancer and diabetes, than does excess subcutaneous fat.(Read entire article)

2010-08-11 Should belly fat prompt early colon cancer screens?


A large waistline more than doubles the risk that people in their 40s will develop precancerous cells in the colon, according to Korean researchers.

The chances of finding abnormal cells during a screening test were just as good in younger men with too much belly fat as in slimmer men over 50.

As a result, the researchers recommend lowering the age of colon cancer screening from 50 years to 45 in men with weight problems.(Read entire article)