Risk related to hypertension Location of body fat

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A study published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology says that the location of body fat plays a critical role in the risk of the person developing high blood pressure.

 Hypertension Risk Linked to Location of Body Fat risk of hypertension related to the location of body fat

Obesity is a known risk factor for hypertension, or high blood pressure, and is widely reported that the location of body fat a person can lead to an increased risk of other health problems like heart disease and cancer . However, the relationship between hypertension and obesity in general versus specific fat accumulation site is unclear.


For this study, 903 patients enrolled in the Dallas Heart Study were followed for an average of seven years to follow the development of hypertension. Hypertension is classified as systolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 140, diastolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 90, or the initiation of medication for blood pressure. Patients also received imaging of visceral fat, or fat located deep in the abdominal cavity between organs; subcutaneous fat, or fat is visible throughout the body; and lower body fat.

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“Generally speaking, stocks of visceral fat correlate with” apple-shaped “, as opposed to the” pear-shaped “fat so be located in the center when you look in the mirror tends to correlate with the higher fat inside the abdomen levels, “said lead author T. Türer Aslan, MD, MHS, a cardiologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

At the end of the study period, 25 percent of patients developed hypertension. The higher BMI was associated with a higher incidence of hypertension, when the content of abdominal fat, total fat and lower fat content of the body took into account only the abdominal fat remained independently associated with hypertension. The relationship between abdominal fat and high blood pressure did not change when taken in gender, age or race.

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The strongest correlation between abdominal fat and hypertension was observed with the retroperitoneal fat, which is a kind of visceral fat is located behind the abdominal cavity and greatly around the kidneys.

“The high incidence of hypertension and the presence of fat retroperiotoneal might suggest that the effects of fat around the kidneys are influencing the development of hypertension,” said Türer. “This link could open new avenues for the prevention and treatment of hypertension. The finding of fat surrounding the kidney is a novel and not know specifically what the ‘in the mirror’ correlates are.”

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Source: Eurekalert

This article was originally published on medindia.net

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