How High-Fat Diets, Estrogen Loss Leads Women to Store More Abdominal Fat Than Men, Ohio State University Study  
9/6/2012 7:38:51 AM

A high-fat diet triggers chemical reactions in female mice that could explain why women are more likely than men to gain fat in the abdomen after eating excess saturated fat, new research suggests. The study also sheds light on why women gain fat following menopause. Scientists identified events in female mice that start with the activation of an enzyme and end with the formation of visceral fat -- fat that accumulates around internal organs and is linked to a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.