Stomach fat may lead to osteoporosis for women

Dec 20, 2010

Stomach fat may lead to osteoporosis for women.

A study presented at the annual gathering of the Radiological Society of North America found that women having too much internal abdominal fat may consequently have a damaging effect on their bone health, according to an RSNA report.

Obesity has been and will continue to be a problem in America. Dr. Miriam Bredella, a radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, says, "We know that obesity is a major public health problem. Now we know that abdominal obesity needs to be included as a risk factor for osteoporosis and bone loss."

The report notes that obesity is associated with numerous health problems including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma, sleep apnea and joint diseases. Additionally, the report says genetics, diet and exercise all contribute to the level of intra-abdominal fat that is stored in the body, and excess fat in that area is considered dangerous because it is known to increase the risk of heart disease.

According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, approximately 72 million adult Americans are considered obese. The ways to decrease the chances of becoming obese revolve around consistent exercise and proper dieting, which may help a person live healthier and longer as well as possibly realizing lower life insurance payments.

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