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Having too much fat around the middle may compromise bone health and raise the risk of osteoporosis in women, a new study has found.
Previous research has suggested that obesity guarded women against the disease because extra body fat seemed to protect against bone loss.
Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital studied 50 premenopausal women with an average body mass index of 30. Their bone marrow fat and bone mineral density were measured to determine their bone mass and loss.
The researchers were looking at the impact of visceral fat, the kind that lies well below the muscle tissue in the stomach, versus subcutaneous fat, which is located just under the skin, to see whether there was a difference in osteoporosis risk depending on what kind the patients had more of.
Diet and exercise factor in to the amount of visceral fat the body stores, as do genetics. Visceral fat is considered the more dangerous type because too much of it has been linked to a heightened risk of heart disease.
The imaging tests the participants underwent showed that those with more visceral fat also had more bone marrow fat and less bone mineral density, meaning they had a greater chance of developing osteoporosis.
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