Excessive visceral fat linked to increased risk of Cardiovascular disease and cancer

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology recently published research that proves visceral adiposity is directly associated with cardiovascular disease and cancer.  Visceral adiposity refers to the fat that surround the body’s internal organs.


This may seem like an obvious finding but in reality there are few studies that have examined prospective outcomes in people with visceral fat. This study gathered 3,086 participants from the well know Framingham Heart Study. The participants’ fat deposits were analyzed using multidetector computerized tomography, a very fast and detailed type of CT scan.

During a median follow-up of 5 years, the study participants were assessed for heart disease, cancer, and death risk. Overall, there were 90 cardiovascular events, 141 cancer events, and 71 deaths. After multivariable adjustment, visceral adipose tissue was associated with cardiovascular disease and cancer. Concluding that  visceral adiposity is associated with cardiovascular disease and cancer after adjustment for clinical risk factors and generalized adiposity.