Who Gains Belly Fat, and Why
Extra abdominal fat is linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes, among other health concerns. Even if you’re otherwise in great health, having extra weight around your midsection can bring a number of health risks.
So who gains belly fat? What causes this kind of weight gain?
So why is it that not everyone gains weight around their midsection?
Abdominal weight gain is far more common in men, and in women who have high testosterone levels, such as women with PCOS who have excess androgens.
One of the most common attributes of PCOS is insulin resistance, which often causes fat to accumulate around the midsection.
What this really means is that fat deposits accumulate around internal organs: your pancreas, liver, cardiovascular system, etc.
High levels of abdominal fat also occur in cases of hypothyroidism, and when high levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) are present. Chronic inflammation is also a huge contributor, as inflammation disrupts many of the body’s systems and causes physiological differences.
Basically, when the immune system is inflamed, it behaves as if it’s fighting a low-grade infection all the time. Naturally, being in this chronic state requires a startling amount of micronutrients and antioxidants… but these nutrients are used up far more quickly because of the immune system’s overactivity.
Where Selenium Comes In
A recent study took a look at a vital micronutrient that most people are unaware of: selenium.
This is an essential element involved in oxidative stress defense via one of the most important antioxidant defenses of the body, glutathione oxidase.
The study, which involved 6849 women and 6440 men, focused on determining whether waist circumference was linked to selenium levels. Ultimately, it was determined that belly fat (waist circumference) had a direct correlation with low selenium levels.
It was also discovered that women who had higher body fat had lower selenium levels as well.
To learn more about this study, and how selenium levels can be adjusted to battle belly fat, read the full blog post on drfionand.com here.