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A link between the abdominal fat distribution and heart really does exist, says a new study published by the International Journal of Obesity in December 2010. In fact, a direct relationship between these two problems become increasingly obvious as more and more studies dig into these two problems.

In this study 2336 women and 922 men with a history of acute myocardial infarction or heart attack underwent dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry or DEXA to determine their distribution of fat. The researchers found that in women, the abdominal fat to hip fat distribution ratio showed to be one of the strongest independent risk factor for the development of heart attack. However, in men, their fat distribution around their abdomen failed to show any positive correlation between the two.

Thus, the researchers of this study concluded that abdominal fat and hip fat distribution may be considered a good predictor of acute myocardial infarction in women but not in men. However, further clinical trials are still needed to further establish this finding.


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