Inflammation Links Abdominal Fat as Source of Heart Disease

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
By: Byron J. Richards,
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

The circumstantial evidence has been in for quite some time, the larger the abdomen the greater the risk for heart disease.  Indeed, I reported last August that researchers using advanced imaging of the arteries found a direct correlation between abdominal size and plaque accumulation in the arteries.  The general cut off line is 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women.

Now researchers at the University of Michigan have demonstrated that it is inflammation coming from abdominal fat itself that directly leads to hardening of the arteries.  Their novel animal experiments are the first to demonstrate and prove the link. 

I have been well aware of the link between abdominal obesity, inflammation, and cardiovascular health for some time.  The purpose of the Leptin Diet is to help bring these issues under control.  The dietary supplements I design to assist leptin control are focused on supporting the natural metabolism of fat and reducing inflammation coming from fat – these are keys to maintaining your health.

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