Visceral adiposity is a contributing factor to a higher than normal blood sugar level because it seems to increase insulin resistance. Visceral adiposity is two big words together but what does each of them mean. Visceral is defined as relating or having to do with the viscera. Not a lot of help. The viscera of the body are the large internal organs, especially those in the abdominal area. The definition of adiposity is basically being fat or tending to obesity.
Put them both together and they spell health problems for those who have a large amount of visceral adiposity. It’s a problem because all of the large internal organs of the body are surrounded by fat, kind of like fruit in jello, or even better chunks of meat in cold gravy. Not a pretty picture.
You can probably guess what you look when you have an excess amount of visceral adiposity. It’s known as central obesity or a pot belly or even a beer belly effect. Not only does it make your pants harder to fasten it’s damaging your health slowly and surely.
A normal blood sugar level is important because it means that your body is functioning well and working efficiently in moving glucose to your muscles and other tissues that use it for fuel. Insulin resistance is a case where your body is resistant to the effects of insulin and produces more insulin to get the same effect that a lower amount of insulin produces in a well functioning body. Insulin resistance and high blood glucose go together because of the reduced effect of insulin in quickly and adequately moving glucose from the blood stream to tissues that need it.
Those extra inches around your middle could be doing more than just making your clothes tight and keeping you from tying your shoes. They are also keeping what should be an efficient running machine in an out of balance state and causing serious health issues.