What Is Visceral Fat?
Visceral fat is commonly known as belly fat. It’s found inside your abdominal cavity and wraps around your internal organs. It’s hard to judge how much visceral fat you have.
However, a protruding belly and large waist are two signs that you have too much of it.
On the other hand, subcutaneous fat is stored just below your skin. It’s the fat that you can pinch easily from just about anywhere on your body.
Carrying too much visceral fat is a serious health problem.
Studies have shown that excess visceral fat is linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease and even certain cancers.
Visceral fat also produces inflammatory markers, such as IL-6, IL-1β, PAI-I, and TNF-α. Elevated levels of these markers are related to the health problems described above.
Visceral fat sits inside your abdominal cavity and wraps around your organs. It’s a health problem linked to a higher risk of chronic disease.