Dr. Dugan describes intra-abdominal fat.
Intra-abdominal fat is like it’s named, it is the fat that is inside of our abdomen that surrounds our organs. So it’s sometimes called the visceral fat because viscera is a name for an organ, and it is being found out to be much more risky or unhealthy type of fat. It’s been linked to diabetes. It’s been linked to heart disease in women.
About Dr. Dugan, M.D.:
Dr. Sheila A. Dugan, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rush Medical College, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. She is a faculty member of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Preventive Medicine. She is co-medical director of the Rush Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health.
Dr. Dugan is multi board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, electrodiagnostic medicine and pain medicine. She is highly skilled in neurological and sports-related rehabilitation. Prior to medical school, she received her physical therapy degree from Northwestern University in 1986. She's currently pursuing development of a program focused on women's musculoskeletal care, including both their medical and rehabilitation needs.