Visceral fat is the fat that surrounds your abdominal organs deep within your body. You cannot always feel or see. In fact, you can have a flat stomach and still have visceral fat. Visceral fat is wrapped around large organs such as liver, pancreas and kidney. Visceral fat provides some distance between each organ.
Healthy visceral fat levels help isolate and protect your organs and play a role in your endocrine and immune function. But researches have been shown that excess visceral fat triggers type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease and even some cancers.
It’s hard to decide how much visceral fat you have. However, a protruding belly and large waist are two signs that you have too much. There is no other way of knowing where and how much visceral fat is hidden in your body without imaging and screening tests, to reach a fully healthy result. Scans give an interval between 1 and 59 based on all available information. A rating between 1 and 12 indicates that you have a healthy visceral fat level. A grade between 13 and 59 indicates that you have excessive visceral fat.
Another way to determine how much visceral fat a person carries is to measure the size of his waist. A woman whose waist is measured 35 inches, or more is likely to have excessive visceral fat. This may increase the risk of developing certain health problems associated with visceral fat. The same is true for a man whose waist is 40 inches or more.
Visceral fat is about 10% of our total fat, so if you are carrying more body fat than recommended, you’re likely to have more visceral fat than healthy ranges.