High levels of liver, belly fat up risk of heart disease in obese people

Washington, July 22 (ANI): A new study has suggested that obese people, who carry high levels of abdominal and liver fat, may face increased risks of heart disease and other serious health problems.

Obesity is commonly associated with heart disease risk and problems called cardiometabolic abnormalities, including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and gout.

Researchers in Sweden and Finland found that obese people at the highest risk have increased secretion of liver lipids, more abdominal fat and impaired removal of triglycerides from the blood stream.

"It is important to recognize that measuring abdominal fat and liver fat can identify the patients at high risk for metabolic abnormalities and heart disease," said study senior author Jan Boren, M.D., Ph.D., and professor of molecular and clinical medicine at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

"Increased liver fat is dangerous, as it is linked with many known heart disease risk factors," said Marja-Riitta Taskinen, M.D., Ph.D. study co-author and professor of medicine at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

"Lifestyle modifications such as exercise and weight loss can reduce liver fat and the secretion of lipoproteins," he added.

The study was published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association. (ANI)