Excessive Internal Fat
For most people, when they take on too much fat it becomes obvious very quickly – they get fatter and put on weight. For other people, the fat cells develop in other places that aren’t as visible, but are just as dangerous to your health. Saturated fat can raise cholesterol, which can lead to a heightened risk of heart disease and stroke. An MRI scan can reveal how much internal fat a person has, and this can reveal that even if a person has low levels of subcutaneous fat (the fat that we can actually see) they can have high levels of fat around their internal organs, and within their arteries. This is called visceral fat, and it lies much closer to the internal organs, and is therefore more dangerous. People with high levels of visceral fat are often called a ‘Tofi’ – Thin on the outside, fat on the inside. Though this might seem flippant, it has potentially serious health implications, as people with visceral fat are less likely to think they need to change their lifestyle, and can end up developing complications, such as diabetes and heart conditions, without realising it.
The main ways to control internal fat is to eat a healthy diet and ensure you take regular exercise. Some people are more genetically predisposed to store their fat viscerally rather than under the skin, but even so, a healthy lifestyle will reduce the quantity of fat, and the health risks that go with it.
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