Abdominal obesity causes premature aging

People with obesity elevated in the abdominal area, present hormonal alterations, which causes aging prematurity, as well as alterations in mood, affirmed Rubén Bravo , specialist in nutrition and visceral obesity .

In an interview for Metro , the health expert indicated that the visceral fat (the one that surrounds the internal organs and is the most difficult fat to eliminate), increases the production of the hormone stress , cortisol and reduces the levels of endorphins , which are the hormones that facilitate the feeling of happiness and well-being.

Bravo, del European Medical Institute of Obesity (IMEO), said that the deficit of dopamine in the body favors the depression , while the decrease in serotonin raises the levels of anxiety .

Both shortcomings, he said, cause the odds of a heart attack be 3 or 4 times greater. It can also trigger problems of hypertension , prostate cancer Y colon , as well as a tendency to develop degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson or senile dementia .

Rubén Bravo explained that a lifestyle sedentary , coupled with stress , to a diet poor in fiber and vegetables, smoke and ingest large doses of coffee and alcohol , it generates that it accumulates inside the abdomen and around the vital organs, a kind of fat that is not always in sight, but that diminishes the quality of life of the people.


The nutrition specialist stressed that the visceral fat It is very active and generates a constant pumping of toxic substances into the bloodstream: "A process that leads to the accumulation of free fatty acids in the liver and other organs, unbalancing the body's insulin regulation, blood sugar and cholesterol ".

The IMEO doctor said that the main thing is to change eating habits: consume more fruits and vegetables, reduce carbohydrate intake and incorporate some type of physical activity and / or sports, at least 30 minutes every third day, to prevent development of other cardiovascular diseases.

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