How does visceral fat lead to heart disease?

Type 2 Diabetes increases the risk of having arterial disease and heart attack.  You have probably seen ads for diabetes medication making that known.  The implication is that their medication lowers the risk of dying of heart attack.  But there is a deeper truth.

Before blood glucose rises, atherosclerosis is developing, and many have heart attacks before having high glucose.  The suspected mechanism is high insulin levels that compensate for insulin resistance.  Excessive visceral fat causes insulin resistance.  Insulin resistance inflames arteries leading to atherosclerosis.

If we rely on rising glucose or Hemoglobin A1c to diagnose insulin resistance, it will be identified later rather than sooner. 

The earliest indicator is abdominal obesity which we can measure as visceral fat using the InBody 570.  This measurement is noninvasive, quick and inexpensive.  It reveals details about your health that the scale can’t show.

Once a baseline visceral fat level is measured, a plan to reduce fat is offered.  That plan is generally straightforward:  eliminate sugar, especially processed food.  Serial measurement shows progress away from becoming diabetic and atherosclerosis toward greater health and resilience. 

Of all the opportunities to reduce heart attack death and disability, reducing visceral fat is among the greatest.  Get yours measured.  Having high visceral fat is serious, but it isn’t as serious as a heart attack.