Not Just Eye Candy: From Diabetes Risk To Diet Woes, What Your Butt Says About Your Health
Your butt doesn’t get nearly as much recognition as it truly deserves. Sure, it's sexy and looks good in a pair of jeans, but without the gluteal muscles (maximus, medius, minimus) humans wouldn’t be able to walk upright or even stand, for that matter. The human backside is truly a prime example of evolutionary perfection, and it has a lot more to say about your overall health if you know what signs to look for.
Diabetes And Heart Health
A study from Oxford University found a close correlation between the shape of a woman’s backside and her risk for developing diabetes and heart disease. It’s been long observed that a person’s overall distribution of body fat is a great indication of her health, but all fat is not distributed equally. For example, extra fat in the chest area may be most dangerous due to its close proximity to the heart because it increases risk of heart attacks.
Moderations of extra weight in the butt, however, may be a sign of good health. It was found that lower body fat (hip, thigh, and butt fat) traps fatty acids and provides protection against certain health problems.
"If fatty acids are not stored in fat but are stored in other organs like the liver or the arteries, this makes you prone to develop diabetes and heart disease," lead researcher Dr. Konstantinos Manolopoulos told LiveScience.
Unfortunately, this protection isn’t evenly distributed between the sexes, as women are genetically predisposed to store more fat in their lower body than men are. However, this is good news for the ladies because, according to Manolopoulos, simply being Continue reading