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Men with belly fat at risk of osteoporosis: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
Nov. 28, 2012

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Men who want strong, healthy bones need to trim the belly fat, a new study has found.

Men with belly fat are at a greater risk of bone loss or decreased bone strength, the Harvard study says.

"It is important for men to be aware that excess belly fat is not only a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, it is also a risk factor for bone loss," Dr. Miriam Bredella of Harvard Medical School said.

Previous studies have linked obesity with bone problems, but this one found that abdominal fat poses a greater risk.

"We were not surprised by our results that abdominal and visceral fat are detrimental to bone strength in obese men," Bredella said. "We were, however, surprised that obese men with a lot of visceral fat had significantly decreased bone strength compared to obese men with low visceral fat but similar BMI."

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