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.
AdvertisementIn 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.