Obese patients have a greater risk of breaking bones when falling, a syndrome called Osteo-Sarcopenic Obesity (OSO). This syndrome is associated with bone density (osteopenia) and muscle mass (sarcopenia) loss in overweight individuals. Research studies have looked at how obese patients often have an increased risk of broken bones and similar problems.
According to Jasminka Ilich-Ernst, a Hazel Stiebling Professor of Nutrition at Florida State University, muscle and bone problems are linked to overweight. “This would be a triad problem for older women,” she said.
In the past, researchers have believed that the heavier a person was, the stronger their bones were. However, now they are looking at bone tissue and taking both fat tissue and muscle mass into account.
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About the Research Study
The researchers evaluated 200 women who all had participated in past studies regarding fat tissue, muscle mass, and bone density. Nearly one-third of all patients had 30% fat tissue as well as declining muscle mass and bone density.
The study’s researchers believe this would be a major problem for older women as they cannot perform well. They also cannot walk fast, walk stairs well, stand up or sit down multiple times without feeling pain. According to the researchers, when people gain weight, they lose bone density and muscle mass, and excessive weight gain can cause major problems leading to an increased risk of falling or breaking a bone.
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This study hopes to remind individuals to consider the overall damage done to their body if they are overweight and to encourage them to lose weight to relieve pressure from the bones and lower their risk of breakages. While it is common for these things to happen with old age, excessive body fat can make muscle and bone problems worse for aging women. They hope that this data helps to demonstrate the damage that can be done to the body when it has too much weight and why losing weight not only for overall health but for muscle and bone issues is so important.
Preventing Osteosarcopenic Obesity
Intervention and reversal of osteosarcopenic obesity (OSO) combine resistance training workouts with increased protein consumption. Of course, losing weight is extremely helpful for health reasons besides bone density issues. Surgical weight loss treatment of obesity, like gastric sleeve, is a proven long-term solution to resolve this disorder.
Source: How Obesity Can Rob You of Bone Density and Muscle Mass