By Vera Anyagafu
It has become common knowledge that many Nigerian men and women are paying less attention to their health, thereby exposing themselves to various health challenges, which in many cases result to premature deaths.
Reports indicate that more people are dying prematurely almost on a daily basis, following negligence of common health challenges and lack of adequate care.
The problem is that in many cases, people are much engrossed in cosmetics care and care less when it comes to going for regular medical check-ups to ascertain and or get primary knowledge of the status of their own health and as such they end up with late treatment, which in many cases, results are irreversible.
There are many health challenges men and women are commonly faced with and many of them if early detected, can easily be managed or totally treated.
Talking about one of such challenges like fat around midriff, which a lot of people are obviously not aware of. This is particularly dangerous and in most cases increases the risks of experiencing various medical disorders.
Carrying a few extra pounds, especially belly fat and or abdominal obesity can be very risky, because it is not limited to the extra layer of padding located just below the skin (subcutaneous fat), but also includes visceral fat, which lies deep inside your abdomen, surrounding your internal organs.
Regardless of your overall weight, having a large amount of belly fat increases your risk of health disorders such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, colorectal cancer, and premature death, to mention but a few.
Although, age and genetics may very well contribute to gaining belly fat, it is advisable that as you are getting older, you balance up the calories consumed with activities to help you prevent weight gain, otherwise you are likely going to be packing up excess pounds, which consequently will contribute to gaining unhealthy belly fats.
It is worthy of note that muscle mass decreases as you age and it becomes imperative to include physical activity in your daily routine, just as you are encouraged to avoid too much eating and exercising too little, in addition to drinking too much alcohol of any kind.
Importantly, focus on plant-based foods, and choose moderate amounts of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, instead of an unhealthy lifestyle that may double your health risks.
Abdominal Obesity reportedly affects about 30 per cent of adult men and women and building this fat around the midriff is particularly dangerous because it secrets toxins that increase the risk of various medical disorders.
People who are affected are made more susceptible to diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, and so on and it can also lead to fat-related cancers such as pancreatic cancer and bowel cancer.
Although, there are genetic predispositions to some health disorders, keeping an unhealthy lifestyle more than raises threats to your experiencing good health conditions.
In all, maintaining a healthy weight is the single most important thing you can do to keeping a healthy body and soul, just as much as losing just 10 per cent of excess weight can make a dramatic difference.