People with a fat neck run a greater risk for heart problems. Research has proven that the circumference of the neck is a good indicator.
Researchers at the Framingham Heart Study discovered that people who have a relatively thin waist run more risk if they have a big neck. More than 3300 men and women of around the age of 51 were studied.
The neck size of the men was 40.5 cm on average, the neck of women was 34.2 cm on average.
The greater the circumference of the neck, the greater the health risk. This is shown by the research results.
The risk is explained by too little good cholesterol or too high blood sugar levels. Both increase with the circumference of the neck.
Good cholesterol has to filter out other cholesterol from the body and transport it to the liver, where it is broken down. This way cholesterol levels stay in check.
If the body has too little good cholesterol, then it cannot perform these tasks very well. This results is a higher risk of heart problems.
“Health does not always correlate with the fat percentage, it is also important where the fat is located in the body”, says Professor Jimmy Bell of the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre.
The risk is the greatest in people with both a big waist and a big neck.
Fat deposits around the liver and the heart are not visible on the outside, but they are very dangerous for your health. In order to prevent this, you should exercise.
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