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Is there a difference between the risks associated with abdominal fat located over the muscles compared to abdominal fat that forms internally?

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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Fat inside the abdomen is termed 'visceral' and is considered a heart risk factor and are difficult to lose; subcutaneous fat deposits are available for surgical reduction via liposuction or surgical removal.
Distribution of subq fat is genetic related, and diet/exercise effects area differently. Fat is the largest endocrine organ of the body, essential to energy storage.

In brief: Yes

Fat inside the abdomen is termed 'visceral' and is considered a heart risk factor and are difficult to lose; subcutaneous fat deposits are available for surgical reduction via liposuction or surgical removal.
Distribution of subq fat is genetic related, and diet/exercise effects area differently. Fat is the largest endocrine organ of the body, essential to energy storage.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Evan Allen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Absolutely

Intra-abdominal fat appears to contribute to the "metabolic syndrome" associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.

In brief: Absolutely

Intra-abdominal fat appears to contribute to the "metabolic syndrome" associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.
Dr. Evan Allen
Dr. Evan Allen
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Dr. Evan Allen
Interesting study on this issue: http://www.nature.com/oby/journal/v19/n9/full/oby2011205a.html
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