While body fat was long thought to protect against osteoporosis, a new study suggests that it may instead be contributing towards the disease.


According to the new study, high levels of belly fat may hurt bone health and increase women's risk for developing the bone-weakening disease. Visceral fat (located between organs in the abdominal cavity) were found to have reduced the bone-mineral density in obese women. A low density of minerals in the bones is known to increase the risk for osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weak bones that are prone to fracture.

In contrast, fat under the skin in other places in the body, called subcutaneous fat, did not demonstrate such a link.

The new study was presented November 30 during the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

via WebMD