• By Laurel Kelly

Consumer Health: Women’s heart health risk from belly fat

February 15, 2019

three side views of a woman in the process of losing weight, especially around the bellyBelly fat and heart health in women
Many women notice an increase in belly fat as they get older — even if they aren't gaining weight. This likely is due to a decreasing level of estrogen, which appears to influence where fat is distributed in the body. The trouble with belly fat is that it's not limited to the extra layer of padding located just below the skin (subcutaneous fat). It also includes visceral fat, which lies deep inside your abdomen, surrounding your internal organs. While subcutaneous fat may pose cosmetic concerns, visceral fat is linked with far more dangerous health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol. The good news is that the threats posed by belly fat can be reduced. Here's what you need to know.

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