Obesity in MenI guess, no need to mention all the negative effects and serious health risks linked to obesity in men and women. Plenty is said and written on this issue. Obesity is something that causes fatal diseases and takes lives of millions of people around the world every year, and most of those deaths are actually premature ones. An effective weight management is a key to a longer life, but still for most of us, our modern lifestyle and nutrition habits are too hard to break in order to support a healthy body mass. Unfortunately, more and more young men and women have extremely high body mass, especially those young people who live in developed countries and have quite high social level and education level. And, unfortunately, in our times obesity in men and women has become a sort of epidemic, which has no fast and effective cure for now.

The risks linked to being obese and overweight were confirmed by a large number of studies. These days, the findings of one more research were published by the world’s leading scientific magazines and social media editions. A group of experts at Harvard Medical School in Boston came up with the findings that obesity in men, especially having increased amounts of fat around the abdomen area (or having the type of obesity known also as beer belly) is strictly linked with increased risk for bone loss. Earlier researches have linked this type of obesity in men with extremely high risk for almost all serious cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, heart disease, stroke, etc., as well as type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, and many other serious health conditions.

For the study, the scientists invited 35 young men aged 34 in average, with an average BMI reaching 36.5 (mainly morbid obesity, the highest stage of the condition). Using CT scans of the participants’ abdomen area, the researchers managed to distinguish fat from muscle mass. In turn, higher quality CT scanning technology combined with FEA technique were used to check out the strength of bones. These two technologies can be used in conjunction in order to predict and diagnose bone loss and the chances to get bone fracture. Bone LossFEA, or “finite element analysis” is extensively used in engineering to estimate the strength of various materials, as well as calculating if the material is strong enough to be used as a base for some complicated strictures like bridges, towers, airplanes, and other technological miracles.

It turned out that the more belly fat the participants had, the more symptoms of bone loss they demonstrated. “What surprised us most was that men with visceral fat had significantly weaker bones than (the subcutaneous fat) group. These are men with the same degree of obesity and who were about the same age,” it is stated in the study report. According to the final calculations, obese men with high amounts of belly fat have up to 25 per cent higher bone loss risk. However, those participants who had greater muscle mass compared to others had much stronger bones. The factors like age, total body mass index, eating habits, lifestyle, the amount of daily exercise, and other were taken into account.

It is important for men to be aware that excess belly fat is not only a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, it is also a risk factor for bone loss,” ┬áDr. Miriam Bredella, one of the study leaders and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston, wrote in the report. It is interesting that before this kind of studies were focused only on overweight women, and obesity in men still remains not as well studied as obesity in women. Thus, increased rick for bone loss should be added to the list of relatively serious unwanted effects of obesity, along with sleep apnea and sleep disorders, increased cholesterol levels and asthma. Though the findings were announced to be preliminary, they were presented at the 2012 Radiological Society of North America conference in Chicago, Ill. on November 28, 2012.

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