South Asians Are At Higher Risks of Cardiovascular Disease Due To Obesity

South Asians Are At Higher Risks of Cardiovascular Disease Due To Obesity

Researchers at McMaster University have performed a study and they have found that some ethnic groups add the dangerous fat onto their internal organs like their liver when they gain weight whereas others have reported that the fats are added to their waistline.

Dr. Sonia Anand, who led the study, has reported that South Asians are likely to add a type of organ-hugging fat that could lead to diabetes and coronary artery disease. This study was sponsored by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Canada.

"The new study showed South Asians have less space to store fat below the skin than white Caucasians. Their excess fat, therefore, overflows to ectopic compartments, in the abdomen and liver where it may affect function", says Dr. Sonia Anand. She added that the visceral fat is associated with the metabolic problems, which could lead to coronary artery disease.

The Vice-President, research, advocacy and health promotion of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Lewis has reported that the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario is proud to support this study.

The researchers with the help of the Population Health Research Institute have reported that even with the same body mass index as compared with white Caucasians, people who have originated from the Indian subcontinent have more risk factors for cardiovascular disease including type-2 diabetes, HDL cholesterol and obesity.


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