Health matters – Extra Body Weight Actually Decreases Bones

Health matters – Extra Body Weight Actually Decreases Bones

In the past, doctors had theorized that excess body fat might have one benefit — it could protect against the bone disease osteoporosis. But a new study finds that deep belly fat may in fact contribute to osteoporosis.

The reason is that certain types of fat cells very likely produce substances that lead to bone disease. The study found that deep belly fat was associated with lower bone mineral density, a measure of bone strength.

Paging Dr. Gupta reports:                                                                                             

“The researchers also used a new technique to look at bone marrow fat, or fat within bones, which also appears to make the bones weaker. Women with deep tummy fat also had more fat within their bones.”

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

However, 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.

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. Further, 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.

Visceral Fat Especially Dangerous for Your Bone Health

Your body has two types of fat. Subcutaneous fat is found just under your skin and is the noticeable type that jiggles, dimples, and causes cellulite.

Visceral fat is fat on the inside of your body, under your abdominal muscle. It is more dangerous than subcutaneous fat because it can surround vital organs like your liver and heart, and actually produces inflammatory molecules that enter your bloodstream.

Visceral fat is linked to lower bone mineral density, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and other chronic diseases.

How do you know if you have excess visceral fat?

The problem is, you don’t. While it’s often referred to as “belly fat” because it can cause a “beer belly” or an apple-shaped body, you can have visceral fat even if you’re thin. This is especially true if you are not exercising, as a sedentary lifestyle will promote the formation of visceral fat”.    Dr Mercola


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It’s important to have weight-loss goals, but instead of setting yourself up for failure by focusing on your ideal body weight, identify a few different benchmarks.

These might include desired weight, acceptable weight, healthy weight, etc.

Keep these benchmarks realistic, and remember that because of normal, daily fluctuations in weight, you should think of a five-pound weight range rather than a set number (for example, 143–147 lbs.).

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