Reduce Risk of Osteoporosis Fractures by Exercising in early 20’s

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(Best Syndication News) - Exercise as a young adult to reduce the risk for fractures caused by osteoporosis later on in life, concluded a study conducted in Sweden.

The University of Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska Academy researchers studied 833 Swedish men to determine that exercise in the early twenties helped to promote bone growth. Previous research concluded that the more bone mass people accumulate when young, the lower the risk for fractures from osteoporosis when they are older. In addition, other research has found that exercise before and during puberty is beneficial in making bones stronger.

Mattias Lorentzon, along with his colleagues from the Centre for Bone and Arthritis Research at the Academy, investigated men’s physical activity between the ages of 19 and 24. Participants that increased their physical activity increased their bone density. The hips, lumbar spine, arms, and lower legs increased in density. The group of men that had less physical activity during these years had a significant increase in the measure of brittle bones.

The men who exercised also got larger and thicker bones in their lower arms and legs, explained Lorentzon.

Sweden has a relatively high rate of osteoporosis. As many as one in two women and one in four men are likely to get a fracture from osteoporosis at some point in their lifespan.

The study was published in the January 13th issue of the "Journal of Bone and Mineral Research."

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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