Rear fat lowers diabetes risk

Fri, 15 Jan 2010
Fat in the thighs and backside could actually be a good thing in terms of diabetes risk, according to a new review. The effect of body fat distribution could be even more important than previously thought, with fat around the mid-section the greatest for diabetes risk .

Body fat in the thighs and backside could even help to protect against heart disease and diabetes. Abdominal fat is known to raise diabetes risks, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Fat around the rear is called gluteofemoral fat.

Konstantinos Manolopoulos, head research, reportedly commented: "In day-to-day metabolism it appears to be more passive than the abdominal depot and it exerts its protective properties by long-term fatty acid storage."
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