Increasing stomach fat also known as the “hidden fat” in abdomen can lead to worsening heart disease risk factors, according to a study.
The study adds to the growing evidence that regional fat deposits are harmful and further suggested that the density of the stomach fat (measured by CT scan) is important.
Previous studies have shown that people who carry excess abdominal fat around their midsection tend to face higher risks of heart disease compared to people who have fat elsewhere.
In general, the higher the fat content, the lower the attenuation, or fat density.
“The study shows that an increase in the amount of stomach fat and a lower density fat is associated with worse heart disease risk factors even after accounting for how much weight was gained,” said Caroline Fox, researcher at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute a public research organisation in Maryland.
Fox said the fat density results were particularly strong.