Accumulation of Visceral Fat

In patients with type 2 diabetes, the accumulation of visceral fat is associated with the development and progression of atherosclerosis.

Daisuke Koya (Kanazawa Medical University, Uchinada, Ishikawa, Japan) and colleagues conducted a study involving 151 patients with type 2 diabetes and 83 people without diabetes of similar age without atherosclerotic disease who had a CT scan, 24-hour blood pressure monitoring, adiponectin levels and levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha. The presence of carotid atherosclerosis assessed by beta-stiffness, intima-media thickness and plaque formation.
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Patients with diabetes parameters reflecting atherosclerosis of the carotid arteries were more pronounced than in persons without hypertension, and stiffness index beta was associated with the degree of visceral obesity.

Diabetes Res Clin Pract 2009; Advance online publication.

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