We like to think of fat as bloated little cells filled with grease that makes it hard to button our pants. But they are actually quite fascinating and complex.
Scientists used to think that fat cells were nothing more than storage compartments for oils. But recent studies over the last 10 years suggest that they are highly complex chemical factories that secrete potent hormones and other substances with harmful effects on your metabolism and weight, as well as your overall health.
Researchers no longer refer to fat cells as inert. A study published in JAMA suggests that fat cells are believed to be an endocrine organ comparative to the thyroid, which also release hormones into the blood stream. The key difference is other endocrine glands cannot grow as rapidly as fat cells.
In fact, fat cells have a seemingly infinite ability to make more of themselves. If your fat cells grow and expand too much they belch out poisons that contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, and other illness like diabetes and some cancers.
The largest problem with fat cells is that your body can always produce more and they have incredible longevity. Not only that, but as they fill up they don’t divide. They actually send out signals to smaller fat cells to divide. This means large ones always stay large and small ones create more so they can grow large as well.
Some types of fat stores are more dangerous than others. If you tend to store fat around your belly more so than your thighs, then you are at a greater risk of disease. Researchers believe this has to due with visceral fat versus subcutaneous fat. Subcutaneous fat is often found around the lower half of your body, whereas visceral fat is deposited inside of your abdomen.
Scientists aren’t quite sure why visceral fat cells are more dangerous. It may be because they are metabolically more active and erupt with more toxins. They may also interfere with your liver function, hindering regulation of blood glucose and cholesterol.
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- Part I Weight Loss Solutions for an Active Lifestyle
- Part II The Anatomy of a Fat Cell
- Part III How Does Stress Increase the Production of Fat Cells?
- Part IV How will GSH Ignite and Adrenal Reboot Benefit my Weight Loss Effort?
- Part V Who Should Take GSH Ignite and Adrenal Reboot for Weight Loss?