Posted Dec 10, 2012 by Gym Source in FIT Fact and tagged body fat, bone strength, heart health, muscle mass.

Bone Loss Also a Men’s Health Issue

Recent reports linking body fat to bone loss tend to focus on women. But according to a study presented in November the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), obesity leads to bone loss and decreased bone strength in men, too.

The research team, led by Dr. Miriam Bredella, M.D., radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, not only discovered a clear correlation between increased belly fat and loss of bone strength among men—but also showed that more muscle mass led to stronger bones.

Citing the need for regular exercise, Dr. Bredella said: “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.”

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