The study suggests that some people who are overweight have hidden fat inside their bones that could make them weak and prone to fractures. Researchers did body scans on 106 obese individuals and the scans revealed some people carry fat in hidden places like the liver, muscles and bone marrow as well as their belly, hips or thighs. People who carry extra weight around their waist may be at greatest risk according to study leader Dr. Miriam Bredella, “If you have a spine that’s filled with fat, it’s not going to be as strong” she said. The bone marrow is where the cells responsible for new bone formation live. Dr. Bredella reasons that if more of the marrow is taken over by fat cells then this will weaken the bones. “Obesity was once thought to be protective against bone loss. We have found that this is not true.” Bone marrow fat has been found in higher-than-normal levels in people who have osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease of bones that leads to an increased risk of fracture. When the bone mineral density (BMD) is reduced, bones tend to deteriorate, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone are altered. Studies have shown that vitamin D supplementation combined with calcium can be a helpful in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
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