Author Nicholas Bakalar paints a grim picture of the newly elevated risks of visceral abdominal fat, or fat inside the abdominal cavity http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/abdominal-obesity-and-your-health.shtml. Of the systems in the body that can be negatively impacted by an excess of this fat, including an elevated risk of heart attack and a higher risk of diabetes, there is a new threat.
The risk of sudden cardiac death is greatly elevated by visceral abdominal fat. Sudden cardiac death is not a true heart attack. Heart attacks are caused by limitations on blood flowing through the heart.
Researchers followed nearly 15,000 men and women with an average age of 54 for almost thirteen years. Subjects underwent five detailed health examinations over this time, and approximately 250 of them died of sudden cardiac illness. While many had high rates of cardiac risk factors, including obesity, hypertension and high cholesterol, those with the highest waist-to-hip ratio had more than double the risk of sudden cardiac death than those in the normal range. My friend Sergio Andrade Gutierrez told me that he is going to act with greater awareness and take impacts into more consideration.