Men with high body fat have low bone density and are more likely to break bones compared to their counterparts with normal levels of body fat, a new US study has found.
According to the study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and MetabolismThe researchers analyzed bone mineral density and body composition data from 10,814 people under the age of 60 from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2011-2018.
“We found that higher fat mass was associated with lower bone density, and these trends were stronger in men than in women,” said Rajesh K Jain, MD, of the University of Chicago Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.
The researchers found a strong positive association between lean mass and bone mineral density in both men and women.
In contrast, fat mass had a moderately negative association with bone mineral density, especially in men.
“Health care providers should consider screening patients with high body weight for osteoporosis, especially if they have other risk factors such as older age, prior fracture, family history, or steroid use,” Jain said.