Excess belly fat increases the risk of osteoporosis in men


"Beer belly" for men not only exposes them to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but also carries the risk and bone health. These are the facts of scientists from the United States, presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (Radiological Society of North America).

"According to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics in the U.S. more than 37 million men older than 20 years are overweight. Obesity leads to health problems such as sleep apnea, asthma, hypertension, and elevated cholesterol levels in the blood. Meanwhile, , the authors note, it is assumed that in spite of all these complications, bone damage obese men are not threatened.

However, not all fat is present in the body, has the same properties. Thus, the subcutaneous fat is distinctive that is deep in the muscle tissue under the abdomen. The volume of the fat due to heredity, diet, and activity level. Excess fat enveloping internal organs endanger human health, increasing the risk of heart disease.

Dr. Miriam Bredella, assistant professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and colleagues evaluated during the study status of 35 obese men, whose average age was 34 years, and body mass index - 36.5. All volunteers have undergone computerized tomography of the abdomen and thighs to estimate fat and muscle mass. In addition, high-resolution images made the forearms of participants and uses a special software (finite element analysis) to determine bone strength and fracture risk. The technology of this type is used when the estimated strength of materials destined for the construction of bridges and airplanes.

As a result, found that men with a lot of internal fat and belly fat in general, being less resistant to stress and less damaging type of bone strength than those who had less fat. This indicated there was no response to a specific age or body weight. In other words, the man with the same weight may have different strength of the bone tissue because of their harmful body fat volume has been uneven.

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