Facial fat and its relationship to abdominal fat: A marker for insulin resistance?

Justo Sierra-Johnson, Bruce D. Johnson

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Reports of relationships between measures of insulin sensitivity and measures of body fat and fat distribution suggest that abdominal fat accumulation is a predictor of insulin resistance. It has been previously suggested that facial fat (primarily in the cheeks and neck) is strongly associated with visceral abdominal fat accumulation. The facial fat is a rich vascular region, that seems to be metabolically active and resembles abdominal white adipose tissue. We, therefore, hypothesize that facial fat could be a good predictor of insulin resistance. Whether facial fat can be used as an accurate marker for insulin resistance remains to be determined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)783-786
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Hypotheses
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 27 2004


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