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All weight is not created equal—and if you have belly fat or a “spare tire,” it could be a marker for cardiovascular problems. Research from the American College of Cardiology found that the more abdominal weight, the greater the risk of heart disease. “Fat cells in the abdomen are associated with worsening insulin resistance, which in turn is associated with high blood pressure, higher cholesterol, and higher risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus,” says UPMC endocrinologist and internist Jason Ng, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. “All of these risk factors increase the risk of heart disease.” Try these home remedies to help you lose belly fat.
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This is how much soda it takes to increase your risk of type 2 diabetes—it’s less than you think. Some research suggests sugar intake itself actually triggers diabetes—but eating too many sweets definitely causes weight gain, a major risk factor for the disease. “Approximately 90 percent of type 2 diabetes patients are overweight or obese,” says Mohammad Kawji, MD, CCD, doctor of endocrinology and metabolism disorders at Spectrum Health. “Weight gain is associated with metabolic changes, mainly insulin resistance, which increases the risk to develop diabetes in the future.” As the pancreas has to secrete more insulin to balance blood sugar, it eventually fails, blood sugar rises, and diabetes develops. A simple blood test can test your blood sugar to see if it’s elevated. Unfortunately, Dr. Ng says that diabetes medications can also cause weight gain as they allow the body to absorb more sugar.