Thursday, 7 February 2019

You may be losing bone when you lose weight

There are so many good reasons to start dropping kilos - you look better, feel more confident, and reduce your chances of developing diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease.

But the downside of weight loss that no one really talks about? Losing bone.

Said Dr Henry Chan, orthopaedic surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Orchard: "Excessive weight loss will trigger the body into a catabolic (deconstruction) state. It will tip the bone repair mechanism into negative balance, so more bone is lost rather than built."

Your BMI is often the first thing the doctor looks at when assessing your risk of osteoporosis. The healthy range is between 18 and 23. If your BMI falls below 18, you fall into the at-risk group. When you start losing weight, ensure you do not dip below the lower limit.

Read more on how to preserve your bone mass and stay strong @ https://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/you-may-be-losing-bone-when-you-lose-weight

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