Body fat is classified in several different ways. For instance, there is brown fat and white fat, plus different types of belly fat. White fat is what you normally think of as body fat. It’s storage for extra calories. Brown fat, on the other hand was designed to generate heat and keep a level body temperature. While white fat stores energy, brown fat burns it. You inherit the amount of brown fat you have and the more you inherit, the easier it is to lose weight.
The location of the fat makes a difference when it comes to subcutaneous fat and visceral fat. While function, color and how it affects the energy in the body is the difference between white and brown fat, the location of the fat is one of the biggest differences between visceral and subcutaneous fat. The fat on thighs, buttocks and arms is just beneath the surface. It’s subcutaneous fat. Visceral fat is deeper inside and wraps around the organs.
Studies show that people who have more visceral fat tend to have more instances of heart problems and stroke. They’re also more prone to other diseases. How do you know if you have visceral fat. Everyone has some to protect the organs, but people with a large waist circumference tend to have more. Visceral fat makes a protein called cytokines that cause inflammation, while narrowing the blood vessels. That increases blood pressure.
Lipotoxicity starts if there’s an excess of fatty acids and triglycerides. When the excess fatty acids and triglycerides it creates go to the liver where they accumulate. That excess goes to non-fat cells. It normally goes to the cells of the kidneys, heart, liver and skeletal muscles, causing cellular dysfunction and sometimes cellular death. It can lead to insulin resistance, which leads to type 2 diabetes.
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