Excess weight around the middle is cause for concern

Becoming a dad, especially for the first time, is a celebrated occasion. What’s not as celebrated is the ‘dad bod’ that can follow in the years to come.

Family medicine physician Dan Allan, MD, says weight gain, especially in the abdomen is more than just a physique problem. It can lead to real health concerns.

“Weight gain around the middle is especially dangerous for diabetes and metabolic syndrome,” he says. “It will increase your triglycerides, your blood sugar and inflammation. It also is associated with hormonal changes.”

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How to avoid that gain

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