Get to know your fat: The different types of fat and their possible health hazards

There are a number of different types of body fat, and it’s important to remember what types of fat can alter the health of your body.

We all know that fat is considered unhealthy and, naturally, fat causes body image concerns for a lot of men and women. Studies have shown that this concern is justified, as unsurprisingly, discoveries have shown that a large amount of particular types of fat can increase risk of heart disease and diabetes. Everyone should learn about the different types of fats and if you are genuinely worried about the health of your belly consider booking in for a liposuction consultation at Ashbury Cosmetics in Brisbane or on the Gold Coast.

Brown Fat Cells

Brown fat is just what the name describes; however there are a number of purposes that brown fat has that is only just now being discovered by scientists. Brown fat was thought to be similar to white fat, as useless ‘filler’ to store calories. Interestingly, brown fat has been found in larger amounts in more slender individuals. The ratio of brown fat to white is still very low, however, this discovery has led to a recent finding that brown fat may actually have calorie burning potential if stimulated correctly. It has been estimated that approximately 9 kilograms of brown fat can burn up to 500 calories a day of white fat. At the moment this is just information, however scientists are currently experimenting with a weight-loss pill which stimulates the brown fat tissue’s calorie burning component.

White Fat Cells

White fat’s job is to store excess energy as well as secrete a particular hormone into the body. Having white fat cells can actually decrease your risk of diabetes in small amounts as the fat tissue secretes a hormone which actively makes the muscles and liver become sensitive to insulin, decreasing risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Subcutaneous Fat Cells

Subcutaneous fat is the fat found directly beneath the skin, so when you pinch your belly this is the fat that you’ll be touching. Subcutaneous fat can increase risks of health problems, however is not as problematic as visceral fat.

Visceral Fat Cells

Visceral fat is the most dangerous of all the fat types. This type of fat tissue wraps itself around organs and has been indicated to increase the risk of insulin resistance, diabetes, heart disease and even possibly dementia due to the release of a hormone called leptin.

What is my belly made of?..

If you’re worried about the size of your belly and the fat composition it is possible to get a CT scan. As this is not always a viable option, it is important to know that most commonly bellies are made up of both visceral and subcutaneous fat and the larger your belly is, the more visceral fat you are more likely to have and the more likely you are in risk of health complications.

Liposuction as a solution to fat at Ashbury Cosmetics…

Liposuction procedures are often considered by men and women differently. It should be known that women naturally have more fat deposits than men, as they are commonly more naturally voluptuous, with larger hips, thighs, bottoms and chests. Men generally have problems with ‘beer bellies’ and may often request the liposuction procedure as a necessity. It is important, especially for women when considering liposuction that if you are voluptuous and want to be model-thin that is not an appropriate aim. At Ashbury Cosmetics we will consult with you on how much fat we’d recommend removing, and will encourage you to take the risks of liposuction very seriously. Not every patient will be a suitable candidate for this operation so it’s important to consult with one of our cosmetic doctors in either Brisbane or the Gold Coast.

If you have more questions about liposuction or our cosmetic surgery procedures then please book a consultation today. Let Ashbury Cosmetics free you of fat, to create a healthier you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.