How Your Organs Are Affected by An Extra 15lbs-Part 2

Dr, Donna Restivo

Posted on September 22 2018

The more weight we carry, the more likely we are to struggle with physical ailments, due to the fact that extra weight means extra fat in the body. Visceral fat is the internal fatty tissue that covers the heart, kidneys, liver, and pancreas, and it is considered dangerously toxic in the human body. In most cases, a large amount of visceral fat is the result of a high-fat diet, and while you may think of it as an unmoving lump of lard, it is actually very active as it continuously pumps poison into the bloodstream. If this hasn’t made you change your mind about what you put into your body, then maybe you will be convinced when you hear what it does to your organs.  

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Liver. A healthy liver is essential for several reasons, considering it is responsible for a variety of body functions. Not only does it turn food into energy, but it also helps rid the blood of  toxins and poisons and the bile secreted from the liver aids in digestion of FAT. Like most things, the liver is far less effective when it has additional fat. Not only does it produce unfavorable lipids, but a fatty liver can result in failure of the organ and it has been known to cause an increase in glucose production, leading to diabetes.

Ovaries. Known as one of the organs that is responsible for reproduction, the ovaries produce eggs and secrete the hormone estrogen, gearing the female body up for baby making. When we have high free-fatty-acid concentrations in the blood, this is reflected in the ovarian follicle, and can cause a delay in the development of the oocyte (immature egg cell). In turn, the embryo that originates from this ocyte will be of poor quality, reducing the chance of having a viable egg.

Brain. When we think of having problems associated with excess fat, we typically focus on our body from the neck down, but there is research that an excess of visceral fat can take a toll on brain health as well. According to one study, participants who had a larger waist and waist-to-hip ratio and a higher body mass index (BMI), also had a lower total brain volume. Scientists are currently researching a co-relation between lower brain volume and dementia.

It’s pretty safe to say that less fat means more positive physical and mental health as the body tends to move and work more efficiently when it’s not being slowed by fat and plaque buildup.


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