Body Fat Linked to Lower Bone Density, Particularly in Men!!
Contrary to conventional clinical wisdom, greater body fat is associated with lower bone mineral density (BMD), particularly in men, an analysis of data from a large, nationally representative sample has found. Much previous research has suggested that obesity protects against fractures and loss of BMD for a variety of reasons, including the beneficial effects of weight-bearing on the skeleton and hormonal factors linked to body fat. But the new findings should prompt a reconsideration of the relationship between obesity and fracture risk, according to the investigators, whose study appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
@gurnur Positive relationship between BMI and BMD has led to false reassurance that people with obesity may be protected from fragility fractures. The take-home message for clinicians is that they should not neglect bone health in patients with obesity, both male and female.