Thursday, May 29, 2014

Belly Fat: More than Meets the Eye

A couple of weeks ago we talked about cherry angiomas and this was obviously fascinating to many of you based on the post from that article. Today we will take a look at some of the deeper cultural challenges that this elevated estrogen has created.
Belly fat is a problem many people face as we hit a certain age. Some might consider it as an inevitable fact of life...just something to "live with." Others do their hardest to get rid of it. Whether you're just living with it orbattling it, the fact is that abdominal fat is more dangerous than you think. More so than general obesity, abdominal obesity is closely associated to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

There are two types of fat in the abdominal area. Subcutaneous fat is located beween the skin and abdominal wall (or abdominal muscles). It is the fat that you can grasp. Visceral fat, on the other hand, lies deeper and surrounds the abdominal organs. Our focus is on visceral fat because it is visceral fat that is more dangerous and is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, colorectal cancer, gallbladder issues, chronic inflammation and aging-related diseases.
Here are some key facts about visceral fat:
  • Visceral fat cells are biologically active and can disrupt the normal functioning of hormones such as leptin and adiponectin, which can profoundly affect appetite and insulin sensitivity.
  • Visceral fat releases inflammatory cytokines which increase the risk for cardiovascular and aging-associated diseases and promote chronic low-level inflammation.
  • Visceral fat can also influence lipid metabolism since it is located near the portal vein (the vein that carries blood from the intestines to the liver). Substances released by visceral fat are more likely to enter the portal vein into the liver, which can then affect the production of cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Many studies show that people with increased waist circumference (a measure of excess visceral fat) are more likely to develop insulin resistance, diabetes, heart disease, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, dementia, colorectal cancer and more.

The bad news is that many substances that we are exposed to contribute towards more visceral fat: Estrogenic compounds, Endocrine-disrupting chemicals and Sugar. It may very well be difficult to avoid all of them all of the time.
The good news is that there is a lot you can do to fight abdominal fat. Visceral fat, in fact, responds most favorably to exercise and a healthy diet. Making lifestyle changes can therefore have a great impact on reducing visceral fat.

Get Rid of Visceral Fat with MYOMIN

For those who need additional help in keeping the belly fat off, Myomin is recommended. Here's why.
If you have been exercising regularly and eating healthy but still cannot get rid of the belly fat, hormonal imbalance may be the cause. When estrogen dominance is involved, there is a vicious cycle involving estrogen, fat tissue and aromatase that makes it very difficult to remove that excess weight in the belly. 
Excess estrogen (or estradiol, more specifically) promotes fat gain, especially around the abdomen. Abdominal fat tissue has the highest concentration of aromatase, which converts testosterone to estradiol. So more fat tissue promotes more aromatase which promotes more estradiol. And the cycle goes on and on.

MYOMIN interrupts this belly fat-promoting cycle by reducing aromatase expression and estradiol level. As aromatase expression reduces, so does the conversion of testosterone to estradiol. Eventually testosterone level increases (which promotes muscle buildup) and estradiol level declines (which means less belly fat accumulation). 
Myomin's effect on abdominal fat is evident in these cases. 
K. Kaplan, DC from Florida, has a 58-year-old female patient who weighed 245 lbs. After a year on Myomin, she lost 52 lbs and 4 inches around her waist.
J. Weber, DC, DCBCN from New York, has a 54-year-old male patient who took Myomin for 6 months. His waist size reduced from 40 inches to 38 inches.
J. Wycoff, DO from Michigan, has a 78-year-old male patient who took Myomin for 6 months. He lost 15 lbs and 2 inches around his waist.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any diseases. Individual results may vary


  1. What about an underweight 61 year old woman trying to gain weight, & the little that comes goes straight to the belly? I need it sub-cutaneous & around my bones, not my middle!

    1. This is typically an adrenal issue. The Myomin would help with this but it would be important to assess adrenal function, reset your HPA axis and address the triggers for this. If you want to learn more about this, feel free to call my office at (949)954-6226 to set up a complimentary 20 minute phone consult to discuss this.