Visceral fat is different to surface adipose tissue, or regular body fat we see on the surface. It sits around our vital organs such as Liver, Kidneys and Pancreas. And due to the fact that it sits under the surface, many people with unhealthy habits like smoking and excess drinking may not be aware they have an unsafe amount of deep fat surrounding their organs.
Visceral fat is toxic and spells danger in the body because it can lead to the body having an increased inflammatory response by signalling molecules that can interfere with the body's normal hormonal functions. In fact, it acts almost like its very own toxic organ since it's capable of having such a large impact on the body and actually changes the way your body functions.
Fat cells do more than simply store excess energy - they have proved to be much more involved in human physiology than we had previously thought. We now know that fat tissue itself acts like its own organ by pumping out hormones and inflammatory substances. Storing excess fat around the organs increases production of cytokines, which are hormones that create an inflammatory response. At the same time, it interferes with hormones that regulate appetite, weight, mood and brain function.
Visceral Fat massively increases the risk for the following:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Sleep disorders
- Heart attack and Heart Disease