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Visceral fat and Insulin resistance

Dr. Manoj Kutteri
September 7, 2021

Visceral fat is the body fat, that is stored within the abdominal cavity and is therefore stored around a number of important internal organs such as the liver, pancreas and intestines. Visceral fat is also considered the metabolic fat, as it is known to cause many of the metabolic disorders ranging from Diabetes, PCOD, High Triglyceride, Fatty liver, Infertility and so on. Increased levels of visceral fat are known to be associated with insulin resistance, which can lead to glucose intolerance and type 2 diabetes. 

Researchers have found that visceral fat secretes proteins which increase resistance to insulin. Visceral adiposity is also related to excess fat accumulation in the liver, a condition known as fatty liver. Such excess accumulation of visceral fat may cause insulin resistance through cell autonomous mechanisms, and through the induction of inflammation, and the consequent production of inflammatory cytokines.

Majority of us tend to only be worried about the fat under the skin known as the abdominal obesity, as this is what is visible physically, and we tend to ignore that internal warning bells of visceral fat. Abdominal obesity or the “belly fat” is the term used for subcutaneous adipose tissue. However, Visceral fat is the type of body fat that is stored within the abdominal cavity near several vital organs such as stomach, liver and intestines etc. 

While tiny amounts of visceral fats are quite normal, excess storage of this can lead to severe complications such as insulin resistance, diabetes, dyslipidemia, fatty liver, heart diseases, PCOD, Stroke, infertility and other inflammatory and metabolic conditions. If you have a large waist or a protruding belly, it is a sign that you might be carrying this dangerous fat

Visceral fat is many-a-times a major reason for abdominal obesity and results in hormone imbalances causing male and female infertility. Thus, excessive Visceral fat can secrete inflammatory chemicals in to the blood circulation and this may lead to a myriad of health complications ranging from Insulin resistance to Infertility. Early understanding of this is extremely important to prevent such consequences.  

What could cause this? An unhealthy and disproportionate diet, nutrient imbalance, improper exercise routine, or sedentary lifestyle and stress, are all major contributing factors for high visceral fat. 

Since Visceral Fat (also known as metabolic fat), is one of the major causes for metabolic diseases; it is hence important that we treat this single cause in a planned and conscious manner. Visceral fat and insulin resistance can be detected through body composition analysis and also through blood test to detect the Homa IR. The line of treatment includes having a prescribed balanced nutrition with a calorie restriction, such that it facilitates the reversal of insulin resistance. We must also look at preventing the conversion of calories to visceral fat, along with reducing the adipose tissue inflammation. For this, our healers at Atmantan NATURALS  advice the intake of Omega 3 and Diasolve. 

Case study: 

A young lady, 27 years of age, was suffering from menstrual irregularities, weight gain and was diagnosed as PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease), and was on Metformin 500mg tablet twice daily for managing her weight. Our healers prescribed Omega 3 and Diasolve to her, twice daily, for a period of 2 months along with recommended changes in her dietary pattern (wherein, we asked her to plan her meals while giving prefrence to protein and fat-based foods, along with a lot of vegetables, while also keeping the carbohydrates to almost nil and also replacing the source of carbohydrates to non-grain sources wherever possible). 

After 2 months of this restricted diet plan, and the suggested exercise and fitness schedule, she was able to achieve a great reduction in Homa IR values, from 4.4 to 2.1, the fasting blood sugar dropped from 100 to 70, the Fasting insulin dropped from 18 to 12, and the menstrual cycle also completely regularized!

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