Health Tip of the Week, sponsored by Baton Rouge General: Obesity linked to bone health concerns for men

New research suggests that men with the highest levels of body fat have deteriorating bone density (osteopenia) and muscle mass (sarcopenia). It was found that bone formation was reduced in those with higher amounts of body fat and that bone breakdown increased at a rate three times higher in those who are obese and diabetic, leading to loss of bone mass and a higher risk of fracture. A diet rich in lean protein, calcium, colorful fruits and vegetables, healthy lifestyle choices, and exercise can help build and maintain strong bones at all stages of life. Learn more about obesity and men’s bone health.