In your abdominal region, "visceral fat" accumulates in the spaces around your viscera (internal organs like your stomach and intestines).
This visceral fat creates toxins (chemicals called cytokines) that boost your chances of heart disease, and make your body less sensitive to insulin, which can lead to diabetes.
Cytokines also cause inflammation, which can lead to certain cancers. In recent years, scientists have uncovered links between belly fat and cancers of the colon, esophagus, and pancreas.
For women, a waist measurement of 35 inches or more is cause for concern.
For men, a waist measurement of 40 inches or more could spell trouble.
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