Stomach fat in males and women.

Hormones affect belly fat distribution in men and women. Understanding these differences helps manage abdominal fat. Men vs. women's belly fat:

Men: Men have a "apple" physical shape due to abdominal fat storage. Visceral fat surrounds internal organs in the abdominal cavity.

Women: Women have "pear" bodies due to hip, thigh, and buttock fat. These locations have greater subcutaneous fat. However, hormonal changes during menopause might affect fat storage.

Men: Fat distribution is affected by testosterone. Men with low testosterone may gain greater abdomen fat.

Women: Estrogen, the female sex hormone, stores hip and thigh fat. As estrogen levels drop during menopause, belly fat may grow.

Men: Excess abdominal fat in males increases heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer risk. Linked to metabolic syndrome, a constellation of disorders that increases these health risks.

Women: After menopause, visceral fat can increase the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, even though women have a lower risk of abdominal fat.

Women: Hormonal changes may make abdominal fat loss harder after menopause. Diet and exercise can manage and reduce abdominal fat.

Genders Both: Healthy eating, exercise, strength training, and stress management can help men and women lose belly fat. Fitness and weight loss can reduce abdominal fat in both men and women.

Woman Menopause: When menopausal women accumulate belly fat, a doctor may recommend hormone replacement treatment (HRT). Changing your diet and exercising are also crucial.

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