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Exercise Can Reverse Bone Loss
It’s well known that muscle and bone begin to deteriorate and even shrink as we age. But a new study may have a link to a real remedy. If healthy, middle-aged men do certain types of weight-lifting and jumping exercises, for at least 6 months, they can reverse age-related bone loss.
Researchers said that targeted exercises for 90 to 120 minutes per day were enough to facilitate bone growth.
“Our study is the first to show that exercise-based interventions work to increase bone density in middle-aged men with low bone mass who are otherwise health,” said Pam Hinton, an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri, in a press release. These exercises could be prescribed to reverse bone loss associated with aging.”
In the study, researchers tracked 38 physically active, middle-aged men who completed a six-month weightlifting or jumping program for a year. They measured the men’s bone mass at the beginning of he study, six months after the program ended, and 12 months after the program ended.
The researchers found that bone mass of the whole body and lumbar spine significantly increased after six months and that the increase had maintained at the 12-month check as well.