to Reduce Fat? Reduce Stress!
stress could make people fat, according to a study of some 50
overweight middle-aged Swedish men recently published.
in the human nervous system, or stress, can concentrate fat around
the abdomen, raising the risk of diabetes as well as heart problems,
a study by the university hospital in the Swedish city of Gothenburg
of Westerners are estimated to suffer from diabetes or cardiovascular
system has developed to deal with periods of brief stress for
stone-age man preparing for battle or flight. But in today's civilized
world, stress is different. One does not beat up the boss or run
away from the mortgage institute," said Dr. Thomas Ljung, who
led the study.
A body under
stress creates a surplus of a hormone which stimulates a fat-gathering
enzyme. This enzyme is more easily taken up by the abdomen than
other parts of the body, the survey found.
After a long
period of stress, the hormone surplus decreases but the fat remains,
particularly around the bellies of modern men who need less physical
exercise to survive than their forefathers.
stress, a quick rush of adrenalin, is only good for the body.
It is the long-term negative stress than can lead to serious health
problems," Ljung told Reuters by telephone.
pot-bellies are often associated with middle-aged men, a surprisingly
large number of women also have a disproportionate amount of fat
around their waists, he said.