More and more data shows the role of belly fat in driving chronic inflammation in the body that are associated with autoimmune diseases.
By Dawn Flemming
Fat is necessary and healthy for the body. Too much fat in the body presents a whole host of problems, one of which are chronic inflammatory disorders like ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis and more. Of particular concern is belly fat. Belly fat is known for secreting molecules that perpetuate and increase inflammation in the body and hence suggesting an important link between visceral belly fat and chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorders.
The problem is not necessarily the fat under the skin, it is rather the size of your fat cells (not the amount of fat cells) in your body and their spread throughout your organs. As such, simply removing the fat under the skin through surgery does little to promote health. What is needed is natural weight loss.
Visceral fat cannot be removed through surgery as it surrounds organs and is beneath your muscles. According to recent studies, visceral fat is strongly linked to chronic and systemic inflammation in the body which is associated with autoimmune disorders.
If you are suffering from a chronic inflammatory disease like rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis or other autoimmune disorders, speak to your doctor and see what new diets and exercises you can adopt to lower the visceral fat in your body.
Dawn Flemming is Director of Business Services at Geriatric In-Home Care in Fresno, California.