Washington: Researchers, including one of Indian origin, have provided further evidence that the protective benefits of having a pear-body shape may be more myth than reality.People who are "apple-shaped" - with fat more concentrated around the abdomen - have long been considered more at risk for conditions such as heart disease and diabetes than those who are "pear-shaped" and carry weight more in the buttocks, hips and thighs.The new study conducted at UC Davis Health System found that fat stored in the buttock area - also known as gluteal adipose tissue - secretes abnormal levels of chemerin and omentin-1, proteins that can lead to inflammation and a prediabetic condition know as insulin resistance in individuals with early metabolic syndrome.Metabolic syndrome refers to a group of risk factors that occur together, doubling the risk for heart disease and increasing the risk for diabetes at least five-fold.
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