Researchers Manolopoulos , Karpe , and Frayn show how people, especially women, can be healthy with low-body fat, as opposed of course to tummy fat. The study, Gluteofemoral Body Fat as a Determinant of Metabolic Health, can be found in the International Journal of Obesity. They reviewed past adipose tissue studies ad adipose tissue in vivo and in vitro and concluded that an increased gluteofemoral fat mass is associated with a protective lipid and glucose profile, and even a decrease in cardiovascular and metabolic risk. They saw that glucofemoral adipsose tissue is less active than abdominal adipose tissue. For instance, levels of beneficial molecules such as leptin and adiponectin are associated with gluteofemoral fat ad levels of adverse molecules such as inflammatory cytokines are negatively associated with it. They even found that loss of gluteofemoral fat is associated with an increased metabolic and cardiovascular risk.
See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20065965 and http://abcnews.go.com/Health/WellnessNews/butt-thigh-fat-make-healthier/story?id=9534982. Accessed on February 21, 2010.
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