You already know that that spare tire around your abdomen, your beloved « beer belly » as you like to call it, puts you at increased risk for sleep apnea, asthma, heart disease, and heart disease. type 2 diabetes. But I bet you didn’t know that this also puts osteoporosis on the list of potential future health issues?
« Everyone thinks osteoporosis is a women’s disease…[but it’s] not true,” says Dr. Miriam Bredella, a radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School.
Bredella and his team of researchers monitored the body fat and body mass indexes (BMIs) of a group of 35 obese men around the age of 34. The researcher divided the males into two distinct groups: the first group carried most of their fat subcutaneously (i.e. distributed evenly throughout the body), while the second group carried most of their fat. part of their fat viscerally (or packed between internal organs around the abdominal region).
The results revealed that those who had visceral abdominal fat (the type of fat that causes round bellies even in thin people) had significantly weaker bones than [the subcutaneous fat] group. In fact, the bones of men with a higher proportion of visceral fat were almost twice as weak as those with subcutaneous fat.
Bredella says the study results show two main reasons why visceral fat leads to osteoporosis:
- First, those with visceral fat secrete less human growth hormone, which is essential for maintaining bone health.
- And second, visceral fat secretes molecules that can lead to inflammation and brittle bones.
Source: The Globe & Mail