This is one study that confirms what nutritionists have been warning about for years now. You may appear thin and be normal weight for your height but how does your middle look? Fat around the middle is a metabolic problem that predicts diabetes. There’s even a name for this presentation: MONW or metabolically obese normal weight.
The very significant results of magnetic resonance measures of the visceral/abdominal fat and liver fat of middle-aged Asians is what caught my eye about this study. Visceral fat was two-times higher and liver fat four-times higher in the metabolically abnormal (insulin resistant) subjects compared to matched controls. Wow!
Increasing belly fat with age is a very common occurrence among Americans. And we are seeing it show up in younger and younger people, just as type II diabetes is showing up in younger and younger people . It is best in my estimation that we adapt our diet and lifestyle to our life stage–and we can gauge how well we are doing by taking a good look at our waists! Making diet changes is not always easy as we are creatures of habit and habits are not easily broken. If you need help assessing and addressing your diet and lifestyle habits, make an appointment with Monica. The body has an amazing healing capacity if you will just work with it!