Dr. James C. Spaulding

Chiropractor - Edinboro, Pa.

Instrument Adjusting Certified
106 Waterford Street • Edinboro Pa 16412 • Send E-Mail
Phone: (814) 734-3422
Why Men Over 30 Need to Worry About Excess Belly Fat...
...sooner, rather than later!

During the process of researching the effects of excess belly-fat on baby-boomer men (aged 47-67,) I became concerned about my own two sons and son-in-law, all in their mid to late 30’s. These guys are all healthy and active, but all three have struggled with their weight, after their college-aged years, rather unsuccessfully.

Why would I be concerned about healthy men in their 30’s? Research is showing that excess belly-fat in middle aged men (sorry boys) can lead to a higher risk of many serious health problems after 60.

What is belly-fat? There are actually two kinds of abdominal fat. One type, called subcutaneous fat, is just under the skin (the wiggly stuff); the other type is called visceral fat, and is deeper in the abdomen, surrounding the major organs. Twenty or more pounds of excess visceral fat (referred to here as belly-fat) can be dangerous for men (and women for that matter) in the long term. It is associated with a number of health issues including:

  • Early dementia, including Alzheimer’s
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Mature-onset diabetes
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Sleep apnea

Add to this a family history of any of these problems, and the risk goes even higher.

What’s a middle-aged man to do? My advice is to lose the fat, sooner, rather than later! This is the advice I gave my sons.

A healthy lifestyle has always been about what you eat, and how you move, and burning excess belly-fat is specifically a function of exercise and diet. Don’t put it off.

Dr. Jim Spaulding is a full-time practicing chiropractor of 37 years. He has written numerous articles on the subject of diet and exercise.

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