Middle-aged women who tend to move around more in their daily life have lower levels of intra-abdominal fat, which is a known risk factor for heart disease. A slight modification in daily routine – reducing the time watching TV or increasing the walk time to work – can make a difference in the long-term health.

Visceral fat is a hot topic because of metabolic syndrome, which predisposes people to diseases.

Intra-abdominal fat, or the fat that is present around the organs in the abdomen and chest, usually accumulates around midlife and can play a role in developing diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. The fat around the organs is known to be related to heart disease and diabetes. A woman does not necessarily need to appear outwardly heavy to have troublesome extra fat around her organs.

Exercise for long has been known to reduce the amount of intra-abdominal fat.