We’ve all heard of the many different body types and shapes. Most of the time, they are discussed, in magazines and day time talk shows, for the purpose of fashion and bathing suites, so as to decide what looks best on each body shape.
It turns out your body type and shape can tell your more than just what type of outfit you should wear to look your best, it ca also tell you a lot about your health.
A new study says that you can learn a lot about your health from your body shape and it also dispels some long held beliefs and myths about the different body types.
The study conducted by researchers at UC Davis and published by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism online January 10th, refutes the previously held belief that people with “pear-shaped” bodies (with fat concentrated in their hips, thighs and bu++) were at less risk for medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes than people with “apple-shaped” bodies (with fat concentrated in the body’s mid-region).
The researchers found that fat concentrated in the bu++ may increase a person’s chances of developing metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome refers to a group of factors — including a larger waistline, high blood pressure and lower “good” cholesterol — all of which can increase one’s risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. “Our research helps to dispel the myth that gluteal fat is ‘innocent,” said Ishwarlal Jialal, lead author of the study and a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and of internal medicine at UC Davis, in a press release.
The researchers looked at a group of 45 patients with early metabolic syndrome and compared them with a control group of 30 people, matching the two for age and gender. They found that fat in your posterior raised the level of the protein chemerin — which is associated with high blood pressure and low “good” cholesterol — in those with early metabolic syndrome.
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