We have recently added visceral fat to our health assessing platform as part of our continuing development.
What is Visceral Fat ?
Visceral fat is the fat that is in the internal abdominal cavity, surrounding the vital organs in the trunk (abdominal) area. Research shows that even if your weight and body fat remains constant, as you get older the distribution of fat changes and is more likely to shift to the trunk area especially post menopause.
Compared to ‘normal’ fat, visceral fat is stored deeper in the skin and is wrapped around major organs like the liver, pancreas and your kidney. It ensures that there is some distance between each organ however too much visceral fat can lead to inflammation and high blood pressure, which increases the risk of serious health problems. This is also know as central obesity.
Another problem with visceral fat is its impact on adiponectin or ‘fat hormone’. Adiponectin’s function is to regulate your body fat. Visceral fat inhibits adiponectin. As a result your body produces more fat than you actually need. A high level of visceral fat also influences your insulin sensitivity. Which means that it can lead to type 2 diabetes later in life.
Using the Tanita 1-59 normative range , a rating of 1 and 12 indicates that you have a healthy level of visceral fat. A rating between 13 and 59 indicates that you have an excessive level
How do you measure visceral fat ?
Using a Tanita BIA ( Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) composition analyser, a rating between 1 and 12 indicates that you have a healthy level of visceral fat. A rating between 13 and 59 indicates that you have an excessive level of visceral fat. Too much visceral fat creates can lead to inflammation and high blood pressure, which increases the risk of serious health problems. This is also known as central obesity. Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis is a technique used for estimating body composition. With BIA you can get a quick overview of the water and fat percentage in a body.
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