Men with fat belly are prone to bone loss


Obese men with fat belly are at greater risk of bone thinning. Why is that?

Bone loss or osteoporosis is believed to be the a health problem only suffered by women. Unfortunately not. Scientists found that visceral fat, which lies deep beneath the abdominal muscles is associated with bone loss and decreased bone strength in men.

“Most studies on osteoporosis focus on women. Though men may also experience bone loss, especially in obese men,” wrote Dr. Miriam Bredella, a radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School professorin Boston in a release, as quoted by Health.

In this study, scientists examined 35 men, with average age of 34 years old with a body mass index of 36.5 (considered obese). All participants then underwent a CT scan of the abdomen and thigh to measure fat and muscle mass.

The participants also underwent a CT scan with high resolution (FEA) to determine bone strength and fracture risk. The results showed that men with more visceral fat in the abdomen have low bone strength.

Did you know that belly fat also increase the risk of heart disease? Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help you control the fat in the body, especially the abdomen. The results are discussed in the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago, Wednesday (28/11).