A new study by researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Centre
in Boston has said that all fat is not bad for the body. Fat that accumulates
around the hips and thighs appears to be alright for the body, but the worst
fat is the one that gives a pot belly.
The fat that is deposited on the pot belly is called
visceral fat and is responsible for risk of heart disease and insulin
resistance, which leads to type 2 diabetes.
In an experiment on
lab mice, the researchers led by C. Ronald Kahn, transplanted subcutaneous fat
into their bodies. Other mice had visceral fat transplanted into them. The
researchers found that laboratory mice that had received subcutaneous fat had
less insulin resistance as compared to mice with visceral fat.