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By Susan Callahan, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist


Fat.   All our images conjure up an inert blob.  But recent
studies on the nature of "fat" have revealed surprising
findings.

Fat, it seems, is
alive.  

Fat is an active substance emitting a number if hormones
throughout the body. Where fat gathers around the middle
of our bodies,---becoming a smothering blanket around
our vital organs--- it can be especially harmful, sending out
streams of proteins called "cytokines".  These substances
are secreted by fat and can produce harmful inflammation,
setting the stage for heart disease,
arterial damage, stroke
and cancer.

While the exact mechanisms are still being studied, what
we know so far is that high levels of fat increase insulin
resistance,  a condition which may increase your risk for
developing cancer , diabetes and heart disease.  

Also,  fat increases the production of estrogen which may
raise your risk of developing hormone-related cancers such
as breast and uterine cancer.

Waistline fat includes not only fat directly under the skin,
but also the visceral fat nestled around vital organs.
Scientists say the latter type of fat is most strongly
implicated in the aforementioned metabolic disturbances.

Remember when the "perfect" measurements of a woman
were 38-24-38?  A 24-inch waistline --or something
reasonably close-- may have been discarded as a canard of
a sexist past but new studies may make us all have to take
a second look at the usefulness of the measurement.

It turns out that your waistline measurement may tell us
more about your overall health than any other statistic.
Why?  All fat is not created equal. And fat around the
middle may be the worst fat of all.

Your waist line measurement may be the most important
indicator of your overall health.   It may indicate your risk
for developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

In contrast to the popular notion of fat as an inert blob, fat
is actually an active substance. Fat leaks a constant stream
of hormones into your bloodstream and some of these
hormones are quite harmful.

In 2006, Canadian scientists in Canada studied the waist
sizes of 168,000 men and women worldwide.

The results were, well, heart-stopping.  The study showed
that the risk of heart disease increased 21 to  40 per cent
for every 5½in (14cm) a man added to his waist line.  In
women, the risk of heart disease increased 21 to 40
percent for every 5¾in (14.9cm) increase in their
waistlines.



























The culprit?   The usual suspects --- high blood sugar, lack
of exercise, excess dietary fat.

High insulin levels convert excess blood-sugar into belly
girth.  We start to take the shape of apples or pumpkins
rather than pears. (Read more about
Sugar and the
Disease Connection).

Both effects reduce blood flow to all areas of the body
especially

What is the ideal waistline number?  As you might expect,
recommendations vary. Under the guidelines of the
International Diabetes Federation, a normal waist
measurement for a woman is 32 inches or less, and for a
man is 38 inches or less. Many doctors are even more
stringent, recommending a target of 30 inches or less for a
woman and 35 for a man.

Not quite the old 24-inch waist, but it's a start.

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