Lifelong physical activity 'can help increase men's bone density'

12 February 2016

A new study has highlighted the importance of physical activity in promoting healthy levels of bone density in men.

The University of Missouri research analysed data from the physical histories of 203 males aged 30 to 65 years, with participants' sports and exercise histories assessed alongside the length of time spent doing various physical activities.

Exercise-associated bone loading during adolescence and young adulthood was shown to benefit bone density in adulthood, while high-impact activity during growth and adulthood also affected bone health in later life.

Positive associations between physical activity and bone density was seen at all ages, even among older people who had not exercised much when they were younger.

Pamela Hinton, associate professor in the department of nutrition and exercise physiology in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences, said: "The most important takeaway is that if you are healthy, it is never too late to begin high-impact activities or resistance training to improve bone mineral density."

This shows that physical activity can be an important factor in helping men reduce their risk of osteoporosis and bone breakages.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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