Getting To Know Your Skin

What is hypodermis? 

The hypodermis layer is made of subcutaneous fat within the hypodermis layer of our skin, which is the inner layer of the skin. It decides how attractive we are with the right amount of subcutaneous fat.  

Subcutaneous fat is the fat that is visible to our eyes, such as the thighs, buttocks, and belly. 

The right amount of subcutaneous fat varies from person to person. 

Why do we want to keep this fat? 

The subcutaneous fat is what cushions and insulates our body. Subcutaneous fat is one that our body stores energy and attaches the dermis to the muscles with its connecting tissue. As well as producing hormones with the particular type of tissue, ‘adipose’, it produces leptin and estrogen.

Health risks of having too much/ too less subcutaneous fat? 

Generally speaking, having too much subcutaneous fat could signify having too much visceral fat. Visceral fat is a type of fat that we can’t see; it wraps around your stomach and other organs.

Too much subcutaneous fat may cause; heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other health risks. 

Not having subcutaneous fat may cause a deficiency of fat-soluble vitamins. The other risk of having too low subcutaneous fat is that the body will start using muscles for energy instead, which will cause overall weakness. 

What is the optimal percentage of subcutaneous fat? 

Men and women are measured differently, and it changes with age. BMI is a rough measurement of body fat. This link will give you a rough idea of the healthy body fat percentage:

http://pennshape.upenn.edu/files/pennshape/Body-Composition-Fact-Sheet.pdf

Some body fat is needed to maintain health within us and support our appearance.

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