Even though central obesity is an essential component of metabolic syndrome, that’s not the whole story. Abdominal fat is actually comprised of two metabolically distinct fat compartments. The fat that accumulates under the skin is called subcutaneous fat. Unsightly as it may be, this type of fat is relatively benign. The real perpetrator is dense visceral fat found deep in the abdomen, surrounding the intra-abdominal organs. Visceral fat is of particular concern because elevated levels of visceral fat are actually a cause of metabolic syndrome. Visceral fat cells are not just sedentary storage cells. They release inflammatory cytokines such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and Interleukin (IL)-6, which contribute to chronic systemic inflammation. Visceral fat also produces angiotensin, a chemical messenger that can elevate blood pressure by causing the constriction of blood vessels. Excess visceral fat is a significant factor in the development of metabolic syndrome. Some new herbal supplements have been developed that specifically targets this abdominal fat. One is a licorice derivation VFM-100 or Glabrinex. The other is Insinase by Metagenics, which is in UltraMeal 360. The First Line Therapy Lifestyle program is specifically designed to reverse metabolic syndrome. BIA is used to determine your individual needs. Ask us about working with Elizabeth and Leah on a program specifically for you.
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