Being Obese Can Lead to Weak Bones

Being Obese Can Lead to Weak Bones

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It was once thought that carrying some extra weight actually helped build stronger bones. The theory went that bones get stronger when they bear weight (as they do when you do weight bearing exercises or strength train). But more recently, studies have revealed that being obese or having type 2 diabetes can actually lead to an increased risk of low bone density and fractures.

Research of Pam Hinton, PhD associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri, has shown that obese people have reduced bone density relative to their body weight, as well as an increased risk of fractures even in those with normal bone density. In addition, type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance are also associated with an increased risk of fractures.

A new animal study published in the journal Metabolism confirmed these results, showing that obesity and type 2 diabetes led to weakened bones. But the study also found that exercise not only prevented weight gain and diabetes in the obese, but it increased bone strength. In other words, the exercise helped prevent low bone density even in the obese animals.

It’s already known that exercise strengthens bone. This study shows that exercise can help prevent not only the onset of diabetes in the obese, but poor bone quality and density.

The best type of exercise for bones is weight bearing activities like jogging or weight lifting.

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