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[Alert] New Heart Disease Trigger Discovered!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide.

And ladies, it is just as deadly for us as it is for the men.

Researchers are working around the clock to identify risk factors for heart disease so that you can take steps to protect your heart.

But one particular well-known risk factor that’s at the top of the list is ALL WRONG.

There’s another trigger that far outweighs it when it comes to who gets heart disease… and who doesn’t.

Here’s what you need to know.

It’s no secret that obesity is a risk factor for heart disease.

That’s because it contributes to high LDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, endothelial dysfunction, insulin resistance, and several other heart-damaging factors.

But for the most part, doctors harp on body mass index (BMI)—meaning your overall weight—as the major problem. But it turns out that your overall weight doesn’t matter as much as WHERE that excess fat is located.

In a study that looked at over 700,000 women, the researchers found that women with central obesity (i.e., belly fat) were much more likely to have coronary artery disease.

But get this… the researchers didn’t find any connection between BMI and coronary artery disease.

In other words, according to this large study, overall obesity is not the risk factor for heart disease that everyone says it is.

This study is especially important for women to take note of since after menopause hits, we experience a change in how fat is distributed in our bodies. And do you know where it’s more likely to end up?

You guessed it… your abdominal area.

These findings also fit in with research showing belly fat (as opposed to overall weight) as one of the components of metabolic syndrome.

So what sense does this make? Isn’t fat…fat?

Actually, not all fat is created equal.

Belly fat is especially bad for you because it has been specifically linked to high cholesterol, inflammation, stroke, diabetes, heart disease—and even early death.

And a Harvard study showed that belly fat can be even more dangerous for women than for men.

The bottom line is that your overall weight doesn’t matter as much as where all that fat is located. If you look down and you see a belly bulge, it’s time to do something about it.