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How to Lose Belly Fat: Latest Secrets from the Research Labs, Part 2
by David L. Kern

Abdominal fat is now seen as a growing health hazard, an indicator
and contributor to "Syndrome X," or metabolic syndrome. The risks
of metabolic syndrome go far beyond a bulge at your waistline,
and include heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol,
and diabetes.

If you're over 40, it's time to get serious about reducing your
abdominal fat. Not just for your waistline, but to dramatically
reduce your risk of chronic disease.

How to Lose Belly Fat: Secret #2 - DHEA

DHEA is a human hormone that has also been found in certain types
of yams. While some of the research on DHEA and fat loss is
inconclusive, a new study published in the prestigious JAMA
(Journal of the American Medical Association) in 2004 is turning
heads.

In the JAMA study, 28 men and 28 women, ranging from 65 to 78
years of age, took 50 mg. of non-prescription DHEA for 6 months.
The DHEA treatment produced "significant decreases" in both
abdominal fat and ordinary fat. In addition, insulin sensitivity
was also substantially improved.

The researchers concluded that "DHEA replacement could play a
role in prevention and treatment of the metabolic syndrome
associated with abdominal obesity." Primarily, I would add, in
elderly people- or people with low levels of DHEA.

DHEA levels are known to decline with age. The older you are, the
more likely that DHEA will help you reduce belly fat. Your doctor
can also do a blood test for DHEA levels.

The theory of hormone replacement therapy, which links your
body's gradual loss of certain hormones to aging and age-related
disease, has a lot of established medical proof. In its narrowest
sense, HRT is means replacing estrogen in menopausal women. But
the broader picture of HRT includes human growth hormone,
melatonin, sex hormones, and DHEA.

If you are still young, you probably have adequate levels of most
or all of these hormones. There would be no sense in giving you
more, because you are not yet "deficient."

The key to HRT, especially as it relates to aging, is to return
your hormone levels to a more youthful profile. Levels similar to
what you had when you were, say, 25 years old. Before most of us
were worried about diabetes, heart disease, or our bulging bellies.

Just as low levels of this hormone can be a problem, too much
DHEA can also cause problems. Ask your doctor about the blood
test before you supplement.

Copyright © 2005 David L. Kern

About David: David L. Kern is a health researcher and publisher
of New Health & Longevity, a newsletter devoted to the latest
advances in nutritional science. Find out how to lose belly fat
today at http://www.applepoly.com/bellyfat . This entire series
of articles, How to Lose Belly Fat: Secrets from the Research
Labs will be available at http://www.applepoly.com/howtolosebellyfat

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