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Middle-aged women who move around more in their daily life have lower levels of intra-abdominal fat, a risk factor for heart disease. A minor modification in daily routine - reducing the time watching TV or increasing the walk time to work - can make a difference in the long-term health.
Visceral fat is a hot topic because of metabolic syndrome, which predisposes people to diseases.
Intra-abdominal fat, or the fat that wraps around the organs in the abdomen and chest, tends to accumulate at midlife and can contribute to developing diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. The fat around the organs is known to be more related to heart disease and diabetes. A woman does not need to appear outwardly heavy to have a potentially troublesome extra "tire" around her organs.
Exercise for long has been known to reduce the amount of intra-abdominal fat.