Belly fat can increase heart disease and diabetes risk – warns study

If you are one of those who have a lot of weight deposited around the stomach, then it is highly advisable to reduce it as soon as possible. People with belly fat may be at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease, warns study.

“People vary in their distribution of body fat — some put fat in their belly, which we call abdominal adiposity and some in their hips and thighs,” says Sekar Kathiresan, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

“We tested whether genetic predisposition to abdominal adiposity was associated with the risk for Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease and found that the answer was a firm ‘yes’,” Kathiresan added.

Previous research had identified 48 gene variants associated with waist-to-hip ratio, resulting in a genetic risk score.

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