Why your bigger thighs and cellulite are actually a good thing for your health

BODY comes in all shapes and sizes.

Some people have wide hips while others have powerful arms or even big feet.

Researchers in the US found that women with thicker thighs could be protected from diseases

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Researchers in the US found that women with thicker thighs could be protected from diseasePhoto credit: Getty

Studies have previously shown that a little extra weight around your abdomen (visceral fat) can increase your risk of health problems like type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, some cancers and stroke.

But experts have now found that larger thighs and cellulite can actually be good for your health.

Researchers in Georgia, USA, found that women who accumulate fat on their thighs, hips and buttocks could enjoy additional protection against dementia and stroke.

Physicians have written in the journal Diabetes that the fat that sits under the skin and causes cellulite also protects you from inflammation-related diseases.

They also found that those who were high in this type of fat had less inflammation than their male counterparts.

The test was conducted on mice, and the scientists found that when female rodents were given liposuction, which removes the fat, their inflammation levels skyrocketed.

Previous studies have shown that brain inflammation can occur decades before dementia symptoms appear.

Other researchers have previously found that consuming foods and drinks high in anti-inflammatory properties might help stave off dementia.

However, the new research doesn’t suggest that women should intentionally try to put on extra fat around their thighs to protect them from disease.

Prof Alexis Stranahan, an expert in the Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, said researchers now need to look at gender differences and how to protect in different ways.

She said: “When we took subcutaneous fat out of the equation, women’s brains suddenly started to show inflammation, just like male brains do, and women gained more visceral fat.

“But we need to get beyond the kind of simplistic notion that every sex difference carries with it hormone differences and hormone exposure.

“We really need to think more deeply about the underlying mechanisms for gender differences so that we can address them and appreciate the role that gender plays in different clinical outcomes.”

She added that fat loss could have different effects on different parts of the brain – which needs to be studied.

https://www.the-sun.com/health/6914833/bigger-thighs-cellulite-good-for-health/ Why your bigger thighs and cellulite are actually a good thing for your health

Emma James

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