TEHRAN (FNA)- Individuals with pear-shaped bodies, having fat deposits in the buttocks and hips, are at a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
While previous studies had reported that the distribution of fat is a determining factor in increasing the risk of diabetes, a new study shows not all fat is bad.
According to the study published in Cell Metabolism, the fat which accumulates around the buttocks and hips protects individuals against diabetes.
Subcutaneous fat, which commonly collects under the skin of lower areas, improves the sensitivity of the hormone insulin which is responsible for regulating blood sugar and therefore lowers the risk of developing diabetes.
The fat which collects around the stomach, however, increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Scientists believe their findings will revolutionize healthy routine and weight loss diets.