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Extra Body Weight Actually Decreases Bones


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In the past, doctors had theorized that excess body fat might have one benefit -- it could protect against the bone disease osteoporosis. But a new study finds that deep belly fat may in fact contribute to osteoporosis.

The reason is that certain types of fat cells very likely produce substances that lead to bone disease. The study found that deep belly fat was associated with lower bone mineral density, a measure of bone strength.


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