Men’s Health

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about men’s health.

What Diseases are Linked to More Belly Fat in Men?

The bigger your belly, the bigger your risk of being affected by certain health conditions. At least, that’s what some studies are showing: that there’s a link between a large waist and a higher risk of death, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

There are two types of belly fat, according to the AARP. Subcutaneous fat is the kind you can see and pinch. Visceral fat, which surrounds your abdominal organs, is a health hazard.

If you’re a man with extra belly fat, you’re more likely to be affected by diseases and health conditions, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Colon, rectal, pancreatic and endometrial cancers
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Sleep apnea

Talk with your doctor if you’re worried about your belly fat and would like tips on trimming your waist.

Learn more:

Source: Nafisa Islam, MD, Brookville Family Care; Gene Lease, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Timothy O Donnell, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care; Douglas Gaker, MD, Premier Urology Center

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