September 19, 2008
Thin Men More Vulnerable to Fractures
Men who have low weight in middle age and who reduce their weight, increase the chance of osteoporosis and bone fracture, Norwegian researchers said.
Low weight among middle-age men was related to the risk of osteoporosis three decades later and this risk was significantly affected by weight changes, however, weight increase reduced the risk, Haakon E. Meyer of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the University of Oslo said.
The study showed almost one-third had osteoporosis among the thinnest quarter of men in the 1970s and who later lost weight. In contrast, the quarter of men, who had the highest weight in the 1970s and who hadn't changed their weight -- none had osteoporosis.
Although weight increase and a high weight are beneficial for the skeleton, a stable, healthy weight is still recommended, Meyer said.
The findings are published in The American Journal of Epidemiology.