Body Shape, Comparing Apples to Pears

September 27, 2016 12:09 PM

There is evidence that body shape is a predictor of risk for chronic conditions including heart disease and diabetes. People who are pear-shaped, that is, people who carry their weight around their hips and thighs tend to have a lower risk of these chronic diseases. On the other hand, apple-shaped people with weight around the middle of the body and waists larger than their hips tend to have higher risk. Scientists say that the deep, visceral fat in apple-shaped people secretes hormones that cause inflammation connected with heart disease.

A rich mix of genetic factors including a recently discovered gene called Plexin D-1 determines body shape. With all this complexity, you might conclude that little can be done to avoid risk factors and prevent obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, and heart disease. Nothing could be further from the truth. A healthy diet and lifestyle is always the best defense against chronic, debilitating disease. No matter what your body shape (and there are more than just apples and pears)…. Take Action to be as healthy as you can be. Get the best advice from our primary care providers.                            

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