Visceral fat in men may increase their risk of osteoporosis

November 29, 2012

Topic: orthopaedic research

Visceral fat in men may increase their risk of osteoporosis

New orthopaedic research presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America revealed that men who have visceral fat in their abdomen are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men who do not.

This fat is different from subcutaneous fat, which lies superficially below the skin and does not pose many health issues. Visceral belly fat is not the flab you can grab with your hand, but rather the kind that lies deep within the abdominal cavity, padding the spaces between the abdominal organs, according to Harvard Medical School.

Scientific evidence has shown that visceral fat is linked to the development of metabolic conditions.

"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," said Miriam Bredella, M.D., associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School.

Bone loss is an issue that has primarily been considered to be more of a woman's problem, but new research shows that a man can be equally affected. Osteoporosis in particular can be a silent disease that goes undiagnosed until an affected individual breaks a bone, according to the National Institutes of Health, which is why people should keep their bodies in shape to avoid developing the orthopaedic problem. 

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