Are you fat with visibly big tummy. And you considered pot belly or deep belly as just another weight gain problem that stays with you unless you work hard? Well, the deep belly problem is much more than the way you look. Deep belly is a serious obesity related health condition that causes many health hazards such as bone loss and decreased bone strength in men. This has been proved as per a study conducted at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting.
Obesity Causes Osteoporosis in Men
Men must be aware about the fact that excess belly fat is unhealthy. The risk factors include:
• Heart disease
• Bone loss
As per the National Center for Health Statistics, over 37 million American men over 20 years of age are obese! Obesity is linked with numerous health problems, including:
• Cardiovascular diseases
• High cholesterol
• Sleep apnea
• Joint diseases
Osteoporosis has been common among women. Men were believed to be relatively protected against bone loss, especially obese men. But all body fat is the same. Most people don’t know that subcutaneous fat lies just below the skin whereas visceral or intra-abdominal fat is located deep under the muscle tissue inside the abdominal cavity.
Genetics, diet, and physical activity contribute to the level of visceral fat stored in the body. Excess visceral fat is considered harmful. This is for the reason that in previous studies, it has been associated with enhanced heart disease risk.
After the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men Study — a multi-center observational study designed to determine risk factors for osteoporosis — indicated that male obesity was associated with fracture risk, the researchers wanted to quantify belly fat and study its impact on bone strength.
In an FEA analysis, it has been proved that men with higher visceral and abdominal fat had decreased failure load and stiffness. The abdominal and visceral fat is detrimental to bone strength in obese men. Obese men good amount of visceral fat are known to have reduced bone strength as compared to obese men with low visceral fat.
To sum up, it is important for men to take care of their belly fat. This will reduce the overall risk of developing osteoporosis. So make sure you exercise daily and get rid of the unsightly belly fat reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Stay healthy, stay happy!