However, alcohol does have an association with midsection fat. The rise of BMI, especially belly fat, is associated with a high risk of coronary heart disease, causing plaque build-up in the arteries. Normal and high BMI was not found responsible for this increased risk. Visceral fat, concentrated fat found between your organs in the belly region, can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance. This is because estrogen feeds breast cancer cells. A beer belly can double the risk of heart disease of any form.
Alcohol facilitates the growth of subcutaneous fat, found just under the skin, and visceral fat, which contributes to abdominal obesity.
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However, alcohol does have an association with midsection fat. A study published in the journal Cardiovascular Imaging found adults with deep belly fat were significantly more likely to have greater heart risks than their non-belly fat counterparts, regardless of their BMI. Remember, before you reach for that beer mug, think about the consequences of having more than just one drink. A waistline over 35 inches for women and over 40 inches for men can put both at high risk for visceral fat-induced diseases, says Harvard Health. However, magnetic resonance imaging MRI can help doctors see the inside of the abdomen to determine the amount of visceral fat a person is carrying.