I’m a doctor and here’s why having a big bum will help you live longer

WE'VE all heard the phrase 'thick thighs save lives', but could a chunky behind actually help you live longer?

One doctor has revealed that having a peachy bum and thick thighs could add years onto your life.

Posting to TikTok, Dr Karan Rajan said research shows that fat deposited in the gluteofemoral region can reduce the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases in comparison to having more visceral fat.

He explained: "That's because these two types of fat behave differently.

"Visceral fat can wrap around the organs and release fatty acids and cytokine which can cause inflammation.

"This can damage the heart as well as other things.

"But with more posterial padding or gluteofemoral fat, this type of fat is typically distributed under the skin, subcutaneous.

"Fat in this region can actually act like a sponge, it can store fatty acids and stop it going into the internal organ, so remember, thick thighs can save lives."

In the comments section, Dr Karan said that fat in the gluteofemoral area secretes lepton which regulates appetite and body weight too.

He added that it "mops up fatty acids".

Research published by experts in China last year found that patients who had a larger thigh circumference also had a lower risk of heart disease.

Patients with larger thighs were also found to have lower blood pressure levels than those who had smaller thighs.

The study looked at over 5,000 patients who were either classed as overweight or obese.

The researchers found that overweight men with thighs measuring over 55cm and women measuring over 54cm were consistently found to have lower blood pressure.

People who have high blood pressure are at risk of heart disease, strokes, kidney disease and heart failure.

Dr Zhen Yang, study author said: "In contrast to stomach fat, leg fat may be beneficial for metabolism.

“The most likely cause of this association is that there is more thigh muscle and/or fat deposited under the skin which secretes various beneficial substances that help keep blood pressure in a relatively stable range.”

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