They show up completely uninvited in middle age — and, like guests that REFUSE to leave, they literally CLING to your sides.
You can try to hide them… tighten your belt… or tuck them down your pants.
Heck, Elvis even wore a girdle.
But the big problem with “love handles” — the blobs of fat around your waistline — aren’t that they’re unsightly.
Researchers say they can be downright DEADLY!
Get ready to HATE those LOVE handles, because a newly-published commentary shows how they could be your first and maybe only visible warning sign of metabolic syndrome.
That’s the condition once known as Syndrome X — and it’s not one problem, but many popping up all at once. It includes jumps in triglycerides, blood sugar, and blood pressure as well as the development of insulin resistance.
Plus, it can lead to diabetes, heart disease, and more.
But unless you get your blood work done regularly, you may not notice any of those risk factors.
The one warning sign you CAN spot — easily — are those love handles, because stubborn belly fat is one of key markers of metabolic syndrome.
Most folks don’t spend much time worrying about this condition, even when they know they have it.
After all, it’s not technically a disease of its own… so why worry?
But the new commentary in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics shows EXACTLY why you should worry — and worry a lot — especially if you can “pinch an inch” or more around your middle.
Even if your metabolic syndrome never leads to anything worse than those unsightly love handles… even if it NEVER turns into diabetes or heart disease… having this condition alone could lead to an early date with the Grim Reaper.
If you’ve got metabolic syndrome, your risk of a serious cardiovascular event over the next 10 years jumps by up to 18 percent.
That’s the same bump in risk you’ll get from having a heart attack.
But in this case, you’ve never had one. Not yet anyway (although you’re certainly getting in line for one).
And once you have that first heart attack, you know the story. They’re like potato chips: You can’t stop with just one.
You’ll face a risk of another… and another… and you’ll be lucky to survive each one… until one day when your luck runs out.
So, stop HIDING those love handles, and work on BURNING them off instead.
You don’t have to do sit-ups until you’re ready to hurl. You don’t even have to spill a drop of sweat if you don’t want to.
Switch to a back-to-basics low-carb diet and even the most stubborn deposits of fat will burn right off in flash.