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Reduce your belly, reduce your risk of getting sick.

Reduce your belly, reduce your risk of getting sick.
What is the right question? how much weight do I need to lose? or how may inches in my belly?
Well, now we are understanding that abdominal fat (also called visceral fat) is the most dangerous.
The abdominal fat is the one we don't see (not the muffin top, belly bulge or subcutaneous fat), is the fat located around the internal organs and also accumulates inside crucial organs, like the liver, which produces malfunction and the initiation of disease.
This fat is as active as any other gland in the body (like thyroid gland) and releases many hormones and pro-inflammatory substances that will affect different body functions. And this is precisely why it affects the regulation of blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and is a major contributor of diseases like Diabetes type 2, heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, cancer and fatty liver between others.
 
How do you measure?
The measurement is called Waist Circumference and is very simple. Take your shoes off and stand with your feet together. Be sure your belly is bare. Relax and exhale. Use a cloth measuring tape, be sure to keep it parallel to the ground and at the navel level.
How do you know if you are at risk?
 
For MEN ≥ 40 inches or 102 centimeters
 
For WOMEN ≥ 35 inches or 88 centimeters
 
If you see these numbers you are at risk, but the good news is you can do something about it, only losing 5-10% of your current weight (For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, a 5 percent weight loss equals 10 pounds, bringing your weight down to 190 pounds) produces health benefits such us improvements in blood pressure and blood sugars plus decreases the chances for chronic diseases related with obesity.
Call to schedule your appoinment for a FREE 15-minutes consultation with the Doctor specialist in Obesity Medicine at 954-389-1800.
Author
Dr. Andrea Bretal M.D. Dr. Andrea Bretal M.D. Andrea Bretal, MD, is the medical director at Weston Medical Health & Wellness in Weston, Florida. She has more than 20 years of experience as a board-certified physician in internal medicine. Originally from Argentina, Dr. Bretal earned her degree from the Universidad Nacional de Rosario in Rosario, Argentina. She completed residencies in internal medicine at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and at the Western Reserve Hospital with Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio. Her interest in obesity medicine began with her own weight struggles. When traditional strategies didn’t result in lasting weight loss, she began exploring the science behind weight. Today, she uses holistic, integrative approaches to weight loss, helping each patient balance their body, mind, and soul. Dr. Bretal proudly partners with other holistic professionals to give her patients the complete support they need for success. Dr. Bretal is passionate about helping her patients lose weight and live health

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