Remove belly fat - live longer

July 10, 2008 3:15:48 PM PDT
Surgically removing excess belly fat could lengthen people's lives.

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine are removing fat around the internal organs of young rats. Their results are encouraging, according to Nir Barzilai of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "They live significantly longer. They live over 20% longer," he said.

Interestingly, the studies showed that while surgically removing abdominal fat improved the rats' health, removing the fat using liposuction did not.

The researchers still say the best way to improve health is through diet and exercise. Excess belly fat is associated with cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes.