Study Indicates Belly Fat Contributes To Osteoporosis
December 2, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital recently found that excess abdominal fat may actually contribute to poor bone health, despite previous investigations that suggested obese women were at a lower risk for developing osteoporosis.
Miriam A. Bredella, M.D., the study's lead author, said that "we know that obesity is a major public health problem," and added that "now we know that abdominal obesity needs to be included as a risk factor for osteoporosis and bone loss."
Bredella and her colleagues indicated that visceral fat is found under the muscle tissue in the abdomen and that excess amounts of this fat can be dangerous, as previous studies have linked it to an increased risk for heart disease. Meanwhile, subcutaneous fat is located just beneath the skin.
For the research, the scientists analyzed these different types of fat and compared them to bone density among 50 women participants.
Overall, the investigators found that the subjects who had higher amounts of visceral fat exhibited increased bone marrow fat as well as decreased bone density, compared to the women who did not have significant amounts of this fat. There was no association between subcutaneous fat and bone marrow fat or bone density.
More than 35 percent of adult women in the U.S. are considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.