How Does Fat Affect You? September 26, 2011.

I found this article while I was going through some of my old documents. I think the visual alone tells you everything you need to know:  extra fat will kill you. Below, is the article. (I have re-written the tabs so you can read them better.) Remember:  exercise and a healthy diet will keep you healthy and feeling younger. If you need help never hesitate to call me at 401-228-7400 or email me at so we can set up your free consultation and get you on the right track.

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Peter Holmes


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To get an inside look at how fat affects the body’s organs, we asked two women – one morbidly obese, the other a healthy weight – to spend five hours under the state-of-the-art open scanner to get a high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI). Open scanners – as opposed to the more common enclosed MRI tubes – are in demand as patients get larger.

Liver Disease:  Many obese people develop deposits of fat inside the liver, a condition that can progress to cirrhosis in about 10 percent of cases, and occasionally to liver failure.

Colon Cancer:  Obese people are at a greater risk of colon cancer. Abdominal fat appears to increase risk more than fat elsewhere, which may explain why men (who tend to store fat in their abdomens) have a higher risk.

Osteoarthritis:  Being overweight places additional strain on the spine, hip, and knee joints, causing a loss of cartilage. As the cartilage deteriorates, join space narrows and bones grind together.

Stroke:  The risk of having a stroke is two to four times higher in people with type 2 diabetes, 90 percent of whom are overweight. Stroke occurs either when a blood vessel ruptures or a blood clot blocks an artery to the brain, causing damage to nerve cells.

Type 2 Diabetes:  People with excess body fat – especially in the abdominal area – often become resistant to insulin, a substance that helps the body store glucose. When glucose levels soar, diabetes results. One side effect is damage to blood vessels in the retina, which can lead to blindness.

Heart Disease:  Obese people tend to have elevated cholesterol, which can lead to plaque buildup in the arteries. They are twice as likely to have hypertension.

The link to the article is here.

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