Health matters – Belly Fat Bad for Men’s Bones

 Health matters – Belly Fat Bad for Men’s Bones

Most people are aware that carrying excess weight increases your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, but few realize that it may also harm your bones. And, it turns out, where you carry the fat matters, with excess belly fat being among the worst types of fat for bone health.

A “Beer” Belly May Mean Your Bone Health is at Risk

New research presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America revealed that obese men who carry more of their fat deep in their belly are at a greater risk of weak bones and fractures than obese men who have more fat located just below the skin around their thigh and buttocks areas.                 

It was predicted that the men with belly fat would be 25 percent more likely to break a bone than the other men.

Since it’s well known that weight-bearing exercises are great for building up your bones, this news may come as a surprise. It has been long believed that carrying extra weight provides a benefit for bone strength by increasing the dynamic forces on your bone.

However, it’s now known that this is not necessarily the case. Newer research shows that the excess fat deep in your belly and around your organs, known as visceral fat, has been linked to lower bone mineral density, a measure of bone strength.1 This is true even among children and adolescents, for whom higher levels of visceral fat are associated with lower bone mineral density.2

Another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found adolescent girls with high body fat had bones that were 8 percent to 9 percent weaker than those with normal body fat.3

It’s thought that these fat cells produce substances not yet identified that may lead to bone disease, along with other hallmarks of overweight and obesity, like heart disease and diabetes. Furthermore, people with more visceral fat are also more likely to have more fat within their bone marrow, which may further weaken your bones.   – – – –

Your body is designed to operate best when it’s at an ideal weight, which varies slightly from person to person. Carrying around extra pounds will inevitably increase your risk of developing just about every chronic degenerative disease, while taking a toll on your bone health as well.

Your Waist Size is a Powerful Predictor of Your Health

Whether you’re overweight, obese or at a healthy weight, keeping tabs on your waist size is important — likely far more so than monitoring your BMI (body mass index). The visceral fat that tends to build up in your belly is related to the release of proteins and hormones that cause inflammation, which can in turn damage not only your bones but also your arteries and affect how you metabolize sugars and fats.  –  –  –  –

An expanded waistline is associated with insulin resistance, high blood pressure, blood lipid imbalances, cardiovascular disease, thickening of the walls of your heart, and even increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease decades later.  –  –  –

Fructose-containing sugars cause weight gain not by the calories they contain, but by triggering this “fat switch,” which tells your body it’s time to store fat, just as if you were an animal preparing for hibernation. Furthermore, uric acid is increased by fructose, and also causally contributes to obesity and insulin resistance. Effective treatment of obesity therefore requires turning off your fat switch — by avoiding fructose, which is the trigger — and improving the function of your cells’ mitochondria. –  –  –  –

As a standard recommendation, I strongly advise keeping your TOTAL fructose consumption below 25 grams per day. However, for most people – especially if you struggle with high blood pressure and insulin resistance – it would be wise to limit your fructose to 15 grams or less, as it is virtually guaranteed that you will consume “hidden” sources of fructose from most beverages and just about any processed food you might eat.

Tips to Build Your Bones

One of the best ways to achieve healthy bones is a diet rich in fresh, raw whole foods that maximizes natural minerals so that your body has the raw materials it needs to do what it was designed to do. In addition, you need healthy sun exposure along with regular, weight-bearing exercise.                        Excerpts from Dr. Mercola 




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