Another reason for losing that fat around the middle was confirmed in a recent study published in the Journal of American College Cardiology.
The study indicates a greater risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) compared to others with a similar BMI but with fat concentrated elsewhere on the body.
903 patients enrolled in the Dallas Heart Study were followed for an average of seven years to track development of hypertension. They also received imaging of fat deposits in the body.
At the end of the study period, 25% of patients developed hypertension. While a higher BMI was associated with increased incidence of hypertension, when abdominal fat content, overall fat content and lower-body fat content were factored in, only abdominal fat remained independently associated with hypertension.
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