Study supports new hypothesis that fat is bad for bone
Researchers from Columbia University has found that abdominal fat is associated with poor bone quality and lower bone formation in premenopausal women.
premenopausal woman means- woman having normal menstrual cycles with monthly periods- unless, of course, she is pregnant
“There’s been a real change in the way we think about bone and obesity,”
“It is true that larger people tend to have stronger bones, but studies that separate fat mass from muscle mass show that fat is associated with lower, not higher, bone density and that fracture risk may be higher in obese individuals.”says Adi Cohen, MD, MHS, Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and a member of the Metabolic Bone Diseases Program at Columbia University Medical Center
But the main problem is that till now the research team cant find the exact reason ie. why obesity is associated with lower bone density . For this study 40 premenopausal women were used and they found that women with most abdominal fat had the worst bone structure.Although all women had normal bone density scans, women with the most abdominal fat had bone-biopsy evidence of thinner, less stiff bone in the inner trabecular compartment and more porous bone in the outer cortical compartment.The bone biopsies also showed that higher abdominal fat was associated with markedly lower bone formation.
* Biopsy is a medical test commonly performed by a surgeon or an interventional radiologist involving sampling of cells or tissues for examination
This research is in beginning stage the main fact is that researchers still don’t know what effect this will have on women after * menopause (when bone degradation accelerates) or if losing weight will benefit bone health.
* menopause (the “end of monthly cycles” (the end of monthly periods aka menstruation)