Alcohol's Surprising Impact on Body Fat Distribution

The study examined the relationship between alcohol consumption and body fat distribution in a diverse group of adults. Researchers studied data from a large sample of participants, analyzing their alcohol intake and measuring fat in different parts of the body using imaging techniques. They found that heavy alcohol consumption and binge drinking were linked to higher levels of fat in specific areas, such as around the heart and liver. Surprisingly, light to moderate alcohol consumption was associated with lower fat levels in these areas. The study highlighted complex relationships between alcohol intake and body fat distribution, emphasizing the need for further research to understand these connections and their impact on cardiovascular health.

Source: Kazibwe R, Chevli PA, Evans JK, Allison M, Michos ED, Wood AC, Ding J, Shapiro MD, Mongraw-Chaffin M. Association Between Alcohol Consumption and Ectopic Fat in the Multi‐Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2023; 12 (18).


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