Waist circumference and heart problems
If you’re still not convinced that those love handles that bother you so much when you look in the mirror are also very unhealthy, then you need to know that you should lose them as soon as you can. The adipose tissue that forms inside your abdomen is very dangerous, especially for your heart.
How can we measure our heart risk?
Several studies confirm that waist size is, independently, an indicator of the amount of “intra-abdominal fat”, which is an inflammation precursor for the arterial walls and, therefore, of cardiovascular diseases. If your waist size increases by more than 14 centimeters, risk increases by up to 40%.
Excess fat cells (adipocytes) in the adipose tissue, especially around the waist, tend to lead to insulin resistance, among other serious health problems. Insulin resistance is a condition that indicates a certain degree of cell sensitivity loss to insulin signals, which prevents glucose from entering the cells so it can be used as fuel. This in turn causes blood glucose (glycemia) levels to increase as the cells become more insulin resistant or glucose intolerant. If we don’t take all necessary and timely measures, the situation will worsen and our glucose will reach Type 2 Diabetes levels, which can cause serious irreversible damage to the body, especially the heart.
In addition to this, excess adipocytes (fat cells) may damage your endothelial tissue’s smooth functioning, which is the layer that lines all of the body’s arteries; this endothelial damage will begin when the amount of nitric oxide secreted by the endothelium decreases, which is used to help the arteries remain flexible, smooth and toned, otherwise, they become increasingly rigid, hard and sticky, which in turn will facilitate bad cholesterol (LDL) molecules to attach, gradually forming atherosclerotic plaques, which are characteristic of a serious condition called atherosclerosis, which can cause a lot of cardiovascular damage.
Due to this, we must be very aware of our body weight and waistline perimeter, as these are essential for avoiding all of those problems that can affect our cardiovascular health and so we can enjoy a better quality of life.