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Unhealthy belly: is it a myth?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 29, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Is a belly (visceral fat) always unhealthy? What if all liver/pancreas/heart labs and other scans show healthy results for a subject with a belly fat? I found an article related to this: http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2009/08/myth-of-unhealthy-belly-fat.html By the way, what about sumo wrestlers?

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on October 29, 2012
at 10:56 AM

@Jamie, fructose specifically causes abdominal fat? Says who?

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on October 29, 2012
at 04:53 AM

Hmm interesting points in that article. Alot of the associations with abdominal fat are mere statistics. And we dont know exactly how fatty liver occurs, its at least partly an inflammation process. Then again, excess fructose causes abdominal fat where as glucose and starch just cause subcutaneous, and theres also beer belly, so it doesnt seem a stretch to speculate that to some degree abdominal fat is liver related (not proven fact, just a theory)

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on October 29, 2012
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Fructose in huge doses ingested too quickly to be processed, not as you'd normally get from fruit at the end of summer, but what you'd get from a SAD full of soda/soft drinks, is known to cause NAFLD, this in turn can increase visceral fat.

Or perhaps, vice versa. Perhaps once visceral fats gets to a certain level, and has no other place to go, it starts to accumulate in the liver, causing scar tissue and NAFLD.

We do know fructose can only be processed by the liver, and in order to detoxify it, the liver either turns it into glucose if its own glucose stores are low, or it turns it into fat. What happens to that fat is what's interesting. Either it gets burned off, or it accumulates into visceral fat. Perhaps if the liver can't push out this fat fast enough, it get stuck in the liver and causes problems there.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3168494/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18955783

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21042922

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