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Protecting The Heart Against Diabetes

One of the serious complications of diabetes entails the deposit of harmful fat stored around the heart, liver and stomach. But by simply altering your lifestyle, you can reduce these deposits and protect your heart.

Scientists at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands have demonstrated that exercise can mobilize a portion of this fat and possibly offset some of its dangerous properties.

The researchers found that an exercise program consisting of both aerobic exercise and light weight lifting significantly reduced fat in the abdomen, liver and around the heart. Shrinking those fat deposits improves heart health and reduces cardiovascular risk.

“In the present study we observed that the second layer of fat around the heart, the peracardial fat, behaved similarly in response to exercise training as intra-abdominal, or visceral fat,” says researcher Hildo J. Lamb. “The fat content in the liver also decreased substantially after exercise.”