Vol 59, No 3 (2008)
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Published online: 2008-05-08

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Obesity and bone metabolism

Michał Holecki, Barbara Zahorska-Markiewicz, Andrzej Więcek, Teresa Nieszporek, Agnieszka Żak-Gołąb
Endokrynol Pol 2008;59(3):218-223.


Both bone and adipose tissue change their size, shape and distribution during the whole human being’s life. Many factors, including genetic factors, hormones and activity of nervous system are responsible for these changes. It is generally accepted that obesity has a protective effect on bone tissue. On the other hand some authors present an opposite results - the lack of beneficial effect of obesity on development of osteoporosis fractures. The aim of this article was to present and discuss the relations between adipose tissue and bone metabolism.

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