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I am overweight for my height. does this mean i am less likely to get osteoporosis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe, maybe not: It is often believed obese women have less osteoporosis than normal weight or thin women. Fat cells can make estrogen-type hormones which may slow bone loss, and can make androgen-type hormones which may add more bone mass. Some researchers feel obesity decreases bone density, compared to large non-obese women of similar weight. Leptins (hormones involved in obesity) may also worsen bone density.
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 13 years experience
Theoretical: This is theoretical. Adipose tissue possesses an enzyme called aromatase that coverts your steroid hormone to Estrogens that is osteoprotective, but obese or overweight individuals can get osteopenic or osteoporotic. Skeletal metabolism is a complex dynamic process. Vitamin d, calcium and stressing your bones is the best way to maintain bone health.
Dr. Liza Kunz
Dr. Liza Kunz commented
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes, though weight bearing exercise also decreases your risk of osteoporosis and might be better for your overall health!
Feb 24, 2013

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