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Obese older adults at risk of osteoporosis

Obese older adults at risk of osteoporosis
2nd November 2011

Obesity hormones are linked to osteoporosis risk in older adults, according to new study.

High andiponectin levels in the blood may be connected to osteoporosis, researchers at the University of Gothenburg claim.

The hormone is said to create more fragile skeletons, leading to more fractures and reduced muscle strength and mass.

Dr Dan Mellstrom, lead researcher on the project, stated: “High levels of adiponectin in the elderly seem to be associated with both reduced functioning of the musculature and a more fragile skeleton.

“This means a higher risk of fractures and falls and also increased mortality.”

Previously, researchers believed that low body mass increases the risk of osteoporosis in men specifically.

A study at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health claimed that men who have low weight in middle age and who reduce their weight increase their risk of osteoporosis and fracture.

Out of 1,476 men who took part in the study, almost a third who had lost weight developed osteoporosis.

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