Men with beer bellies – even younger guys -- may be at increased risk for broken bones, a new study suggests.
It’s not just an issue of being obese, Harvard University researchers reported at this week's annual meeting of the Radiological Society of America in Chicago. It’s where the excess weight accumulates. Fat that is stored deep in the abdomen appears to be far more destructive than fat stashed just beneath the skin.
“We’ve known that this type of fat was a risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” said the study’s lead researcher Dr. Miriam Bredella, an associate professor at the Harvard University Medical School and a radiologist at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. “But now we know it’s a risk factor for bone loss.”
Bredella and her team studied 34 obese men whose average age was 34.
“These were young men who were obese, but otherwise completely healthy,” Bredella said. What they discovered was the men with large guts had much weaker bones, Bredella said.
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