Bone Loss… What Can Exercise Do?
It is easy to think of our bones as a hard and unchanging aspect of overall health, but bone is actually extremely dynamic. We typically will accrue large amounts of bone mineral density as children and young adults. As we age, bone loss will begin to outpace bone gain, leading to increased risk for osteopenia and osteoporosis. These conditions will put us at greater risk for fracture later in life. The impact of osteoporosis is far-reaching; nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men will break a bone because of osteoporosis, accounting for nearly $17-20 billion in healthcare costs and work lost per year (1).
There are several ways we can promote bone health while attenuating the increased risk for fracture due to osteopenia and osteoporosis. Such ways include changes in diet and pharmacologic therapies. Exercise is another great way to help attenuate this risk and may actually help accrue small gains in bone mineral density in several ways:Read More