Potbellied man More Vulnerable to Osteoporosis

has a bloated stomach can not only make it feel less confident about its looks, but also puts a higher health risk. For men, belly fat has also been associated with the riskof bone loss.

"It's important for men to realize that excess abdominal fat is not only a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, teapi is also a risk factor for bone loss," says Miriam Bredella, aradiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor at Harvard Medical School, Boston.

The number of men who are overweight at the age of 20 years had started to increase. Obesity is associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma, sleep apnea and joint diseases. Increased body weight increases the risk of bone loss is higher.

Bredella led a study of 35 obese men with an average age of 34 years to figure out the link between belly fat that has accumulated the bone condition. Studies have only focused on women only, so this is the first study the relation in men.

The results were significant for participants who have a distended abdomen, the condition of brittle bones faster. Distended stomach caused by fatty deposits or intra-abdominal visceral, which is a type of fat that lies deep under the muscle tissue in the abdominal cavity.

Things that affect the accumulation of visceral fat is genetic, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity. Excess visceral fat is considered particularly dangerous, because in previous studies has been associated with an increased risk for heart disease.

An observational study has also been determined that excess visceral fat is a risk factor for osteoporosis. The researchers measured the abdominal fat of study participants and study its impact on bone strength.

These findings were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), as quoted from health.india, Thursday (11/29/2012).