According to recent research, carrying too much belly fat puts you at risk of developing high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, and dementia.

Terrified? Then these are probably goods reason to get rid of that muffin top

Before you read any further, this article is not telling you to get yourself a perfect body. In fact, your body needs some fat. Instead, it’s about telling you why where your fat is located can be dangerous.

Belly fat around your abdomen is worse for your arteries than fat distributed over the rest of your body. That’s according to University of Michigan scientists studying the health risks of abdominal fat, also called visceral fat.

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Fat doesn’t just hang around

Fat acts like an organ that secretes substances. Visceral (or belly) fat cells release inflammatory compounds that can lead to insulin resistance and some cancers. Having too much visceral fat puts you at greater risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and …

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