Researchers know that the type of fat you can measure with tape is not the most dangerous but what is the most effective way to fight internal visceral fat that you can not see or feel. It turns out that exercises are your best friend when it comes to fighting deep abdominal fat.
The results of the study are published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Researchers from the UT Southwestern Medical Center have analyzed two types of interventions – modifying lifestyle (physical activity) and pharmacology (medicine) – to learn the best way to beat fat lying deep in the abdomen.
"The visceral fat can affect the local organs or the whole body system, and it can affect the heart and the liver as well as the abdominal organs, and when studies use weight or body mass index as an indicator, we do not know if interventions decrease fats anywhere in the body, or just near the surface, "says senior author and cardiologist Dr. Ian J. Niland.
To understand, the researchers evaluated the changes in visceral fat in 3602 participants over a 6-month period, measured by CT or NMR study. Both exercises and medications led to less visceral fat, but reductions were more significant per kilogram of body weight loss in exercise.
"If you just measure weight or BMI, you can underestimate the health benefits of weight loss, and exercise can actually melt visceral fat," says Dr. Neil.
Participants in physical activity studies were 65% of women, mean age 54 years, and mean BMI when enrolled. 31. Exercise regimens were observed and not reported. Most of the exercise tests were conducted in the US and Canada, while pharmacological studies included the US, Canada, Sweden, Japan and four multinational cohorts.
The drugs used by the study participants were approved by the FDA or in the pipeline for approval by the FDA.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity affects almost 40% of the world's population.
Dr. Nylon said that researchers had previously considered fats for inert storage, but over the years this view has evolved and fat is now seen as an active organ.
"Some people who suffer from obesity suffer from cardiovascular disease, diabetes or metabolic syndrome – and others." Our study suggests that a combination of approaches can help reduce visceral fat and potentially prevent these diseases. " Neeland.