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Belly fat is the shape of cardiovascular risk

April 19, 2011

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Harvey B. Simon, MD, Editor, Harvard Health

Harvey Simon founded the Harvard Men’s Health Watch in August 1996 and was its editor in chief until retiring in May 2012. Dr. Simon is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a member of the … See Full Bio
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February 2, 2012

Very good information here!

Would have never even thought of this and will let my step dad know as he has some of these issues.

December 26, 2011

If losing weight were easy everybody would do it. Information and facts don’t seem to help much. It strikes me that it’s nearly an act of grace when somebody manages to lose weight and keep it off. Good luck.!

December 18, 2011

Belly fat is certainly a burden to carry around. The extra weight can make life very difficult. I need to lose about 10 kgs off my belly. I have noticed in many males who have belly fat that they also develop the condition gynecomastia.

With so much excess in are lives, we ultimately pay the price with unfit ugly bodies. I am going to stick to drinking water for a change.

October 3, 2011

I recently watched the movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead where Joe Cross, who had a major beer belly did a juice detox and managed to not only lose the belly fat, but also get off all of the prescription medication he was on.

September 29, 2011

You know Dr. Simon, it’s not only just regular stomach fat which proves to be the spark plug which ignites so many health related issues.

It’s also visceral fat, this demon causes diabetes and other heart related diseases.

Obvioulsy for those who crave a longer life, eating smaller portion and healthier foods help.

When you mix in exercise, you then have a cocktail to promote longevity. It’s not a sure fire recipe to live longer but it helps.

September 27, 2011

This has really opened my eyes. one think is, i do eat alot,
and on top of that i take lots of beers,minimum of 20 bottles every day.
hightime i quit drinking and returned to a healthy life style.Thanks alot simon

Regards smarko

September 24, 2011

Very good post. Makes me realize I need to hit the gym! Thank you Dr. Simon. Haven’t seen you in years!
Dr. Nick Thomas

July 31, 2011

I find this article very informative, I do not like to play the blame game but I am going to on this post. With all of this belly fat that we are accumulating is it caused by a lack of education or have we just ignored the education?

July 19, 2011

This post is a very informative post.We have had so much theory around the belly fat topic. But you have relayed it here simply and clearly.
Good post!!!

Maree Le Favre
June 17, 2011

Heart health is one of the major factors of premature death in western society and yet is still undervalued. Great to see some good content on the subject.
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April 26, 2011

I recently read a new research on cardiovascular risk citing that prolonged seating causes up to 50% increase of risk for heart disease… in addition to calories and fat intake, folks need to also watch for their work habits.. we need to take frequent breaks, walk around, stretch.. many folks even like to work standing up most of the time with their computer desks risen..

Mark J
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P.J. Skerrett
April 26, 2011

Mark — To read more about the health effects of sitting, and standing, check out my Harvard Heart Letter article about the adverse effects of sitting too much, and my use of a standing desk at work.

PJ Skerrett
Editor, Harvard Heart Letter

April 24, 2011

Belly fat or “sick” fat is also associated with insulin resistance, which plays a major role in obesity-related diabetes. Those who had an immediate reduction in caloric intake saw dramatic improvement in insulin resistance. [URL removed by moderator]

billy lee
April 19, 2011

We know what shape is the shape of health. Research has led us to the conclusion that we can easily see when we are at risk. The body never lies. That is why overeating and obesity is a health issue that we can probably fix more readily than alcohol and drug abuse – the sign is literally beneath our nose. The Great Day Show is America’s greatest wellness program and provides remedies to a great cultural issue as if the cause of these ailments are obvious, and they are.

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