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Vital at every age for healthy bones, exercise is important for treating and preventing osteoporosis. Not only can exercise improve your bone health, it can also increase muscle strength, coordination, balance and lead to better overall health. 63 page ebook
Like muscle, bone is living tissue that responds to exercise by becoming stronger. Young women and men who exercise regularly generally achieve greater peak bone mass (maximum bone density and strength) than those who do not.
For most people, bone mass peaks during the third decade of life. After that time, we can begin to lose bone. Women and men older than age 20 can help prevent bone loss with regular exercise. Exercising can also help us maintain muscle strength, coordination and balance, which in turn helps to prevent falls and related fractures. This is especially important for older adults and people who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis.
Aging is associated with a number of physiologic and functional declines that can contribute to increased disability, frailty and falls. Contributing factors are the loss of muscle mass and strength as age increases, a phenomenon called sarcopenia. Sarcopenia can result or be exacerbated by certain chronic conditions and can also increase the burden of chronic disease.
Current research has demonstrated that strength-training exercises have the ability to combat weakness and frailty and their debilitating consequences. Done regularly (e.g., 2 to 3 days per week), exercises build muscle strength and muscle mass and preserve bone density, independence and vitality with age. In addition, exercise also has the ability to help manage and reduce the risk of numerous chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, breast and colon cancers and osteoporosis maintain healthy weight, control high blood pressure and maintain healthy weight.
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