Belly Fat Link To Cancer, Heart Disease, and Increased Mortality Risk For CKD and Diabetics

A Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patient viewer recently sent a message to, "I have Kidney Disease and Diabetes and have tried to exercise and eat better, but no matter what I do I cannot get rid of my Pot-Belly. Does it even matter that I have belly fat?" 

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What an excellent question! The issue of belly fat extends well outside of the Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic communities. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) noted that, "In the United States, more than 50% of men and 70% of women between ages 50 and 79 now have a condition known as 'abdominal obesity.'" This is seen as an important issue because Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients who store fat in their stomach area are at an elevated risk of Heart Disease, Stroke, Cancers, and acquiring or worsening Diabetes.

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Your  stomach carries two types of fat, Subcutaneous Fat (you can see and pinch), and Visceral Fat (surrounds the abdominal organs deep inside your body). Subcutaneous Fat may be unwanted, but is not particularly dangerous and often is carried in your hips, thighs, arms and legs. A person with Subcutaneous Fat typically has an Pear Shape, as opposed to their Apple Shaped counterparts who have more Visceral (belly) Fat which is hazardous to one's health.   

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You should know that research is now consistently showing a link between a large waist (Visceral Fat) and a higher risk of death, even among people who aren't overweight! Researchers have found that Visceral Fat actually secretes hormones which are harmful to the body such as stunting your body's ability to use insulin, increasing the risk of Type II Diabetes, and triggering the inflammation that can cause Heart Disease, suggested Dr. David Cummings (University of Washington Medical School). 

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There's also strong evidence Visceral Fat may cause colon, pancreatic, endometrial and breast cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. Recent studies also have linked belly fat to poor brain health.

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So how do Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics lose their belly fat? For most patients who want to take action, stomach crunches and rigorous exercise are often not possible. However, adding certain foods to your day while nixing others can help their efforts. 

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To help BLAST your belly, try incorporating broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, berries (strawberries, raspberries and blackberries), lean protein (white meat), wild salmon, and vegetable stir fry to your diet. On the other hand skip sodas, deli cold cut meat, white bread, cheese, potato chips, and ice cream.  

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Mix these simple diet modifications with other strategies found in Fight Kidney Disease and Diabetes (Click Here:, to take action and help reduce your belly fat.

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