When it comes to insulin resistance, it’s not how much fat you have that’s important- it’s where you store it.
Insulin resistance increases with age and is associated with hypertension (high blood pressure), abnormal blood fats (high cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides and low HDL), inflammation and blood clotting abnormalities.
Insulin resistance increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, sexual dysfunction and some type of cancer.
Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine found that abdominal adiposity, as measured by waist circumference, was a better predictor of insulin resistance than aerobic capacity, BMI or percentage of fat in older men.
Waist circumference is an important measure of health in older adults.
Until the next time, stay healthy and keep those waists tight.