Being overweight can cause weaker bone strength increased risk of fractures and low vitamin D levels.
The hypothesis that big (overweight) men have stronger bones may be incorrect.
A recent study reported that men with high levels of body fat have lower bone density and may be more likely to break a bone than those with normal levels of body fat
Other studies have confirmed that a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in obese subjects.
A study involving 42,024 participants the researchers found for every 10 percent increase in body-mass index (BMI), a person can expect to have 4.2 percent drop in blood levels of vitamin D.
Given that vitamin D is required for correct calcium metabolism and is a cornerstone of bone health it is important to maintain correct levels.
With the heightened awareness of damaging effects of sunlight that has limited vitamin D synthesis from the skin along with obesity they is a growing prevalence of vitamin D deficiency.
Fortunately, supplements are available that can help supply the body with amounts necessary for bone health if sunlight and food is not achieving the desired results.
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