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Relationship Between Visceral Fat And Inflammation


The prevalence of tendonitis has risen in recent years, and it is estimated that as many as 90% of patients will experience some form of tendon pain at some point in their lives.

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We know that tendon pain can be a real bummer. It's frustrating, it makes you feel like you're not living up to your fullest potential. But what if I tell you that your diet can lower the risk of tendon pain, would you believe me?

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Well, here's the thing: Visceral fat is very pro-inflammatory, and it drives a lot of systemic changes and inflammatory changes in the body. In turn, this increases a person's chance of developing diabetes and insulin resistance which can lead to high cholesterol. As regards the implications in tendons, cholesterol can deposit in tendons and a very high systemic cholesterol can directly affect tendons. More importantly, diabetes has a profound effect on tendons. It stiffens the tendons, gets more cross-linking, and changes the response of the tendons to the load.

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So if an increase in weight has been noticed during the period of time the patient has started experiencing tendon pain, it is wise to recommend them to have some test done to check their level of cholesterol, to check if they are insulin resistant or sensitive and if they have type 2 diabetes.


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Work Cited


Ahmed, A.S. (2016). Does Diabetes Mellitus Affect Tendon Healing? Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 179-184.

Ranger, T.A., Wong, A.M. Y., Cook, J.L.,& Gaida, J. E. (2015). Is there an association between tendinopathy and diabetes mellitus? A systemic review with meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 50(16), 982-989.

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