Pear-shaped women 'not necessarily healthier' than apple-shaped females

14 January 2013

For a long while it has been held that pear-shaped women are healthier all-around and less-susceptible to suffer from illnesses and diseases than apple-shaped females (those who have a concentration of fat around the abdomen).

However, new findings from UC Davis Health System suggest that this conjecture has no real authority scientifically.

"Fat in the abdomen has long been considered the most detrimental to health, and gluteal fat was thought to protect against diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndrome," explained Ishwarlal Jialal, lead author of the study and a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UC Davis.

However, he added, his team has found that this is more a myth than anything – gluteal fat is not "innocent".

"But our research helps to dispel the myth that gluteal fat is 'innocent.’ It also suggests that abnormal protein levels may be an early indicator to identify those at risk for developing metabolic syndrome."

The NHS states that metabolic syndrome is terms used to describe a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. This puts people at a greater risk of heart disease and stroke.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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