Overweight Women Are in Risk of Early Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease that occurs with aging. However, this disorder can appear more quickly in women with excess body weight, this is based on a study led by professors from Harvard Medical School. Overweight Women
The study reveals that women with excess weight, especially those with an apple-shaped body, have a high risk of early osteoporosis, than those who have a body shape like a pear.
This means, women who are overweight with fat deposits concentrated around the abdomen are at high risk of developing osteoporosis. This is compared with overweight women with fat deposits in the pelvic area and thighs.
“Our results indicate that having a lot of belly fat is more harmful for bone health than having more fat around the hips,” said Dr. Miriam Bredella, radiologist from Harvard Medical School, according to the Telegraph.
The study involved 50 women with excess weight. They are pre-menopausal women with an average body mass index (BMI) 30 and above. They were all requested to undergo scans to determine the distribution of fat and bone mineral density.
Those who have fat deposits that are centered beneath the muscle tissue in the abdominal cavity, have lower bone mineral density. This condition is one indication of the development of osteoporosis.
While other analysis reveals that there is no strong relationship between the deposition of fat stored in the hips and thighs and bone mineral density.
“We know that obesity is a major public health problem. Now we know that the deposition of fat in the abdomen should be included as risk factors for osteoporosis and bone density loss,” she said.
“It’s important for the public to realize that excess abdominal fat is a risk factor for bone loss, other than heart disease, and diabetes,” Bredella added.