systolic blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and (for women) menopause.
It’s only one study, but its results are still impressive because the scientists measured thigh size but not thigh composition.
They didn’t tell if the apparent protection of big thighs is due to more muscle, more fat, or both. Well, not yet.
But that’s where your muscle to fat ratio comes in.
It’s a fact that fat cells in the lower part of the body seem to vacuum up harmful fatty acids that are released into the blood when fat-laden foods are digested.
Fat cells in the upper body also store up free fatty acids but are quick to pour them back into the blood in response to stress-induced surges of adrenaline.
And abdominal fat cells (around your midsection) produce larger amounts of cytokines, chemicals that trigger harmful inflammation, while lower-body fat cells produce productive chemicals, including leptin and adiponectin.
During an average follow-up period of six years, two factors emerged as the strongest predictors of mortality.
Large waist circumference, reflecting abdominal obesity was linked to