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Sports Help Bones Too!

Sports Help Bones Too!

(ePharmaNews) – Sports give bodies strength and rigidity, as it builds muscle; a simple fact known by every young guy that need to be adjusted, according to a new study, which affirms that exercising gives not only a shaped body, but also a more dense bones structure , the benefit that much more important than the simple body building.

The study, which was published in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, concluded that regular exercising in twenties can increase bone density and prevent against osteoporosis, the common disease of post-menopausal women.

The required time to achieve such benefit is no less than 4 hours a day, and it is only limited to some sports that consist of jumping or increased load like basketball and handball, while the effects is less in other sports like soccer and tennis, and some sports, like swimming and biking, have no effect at all.
The theory that the study proposes is that increased load over skeleton stimulates the genesis of bony tissues.

In this study, researchers followed 850 men aged between 18 and 20 for 5 years, during this period they measured bone density and gathered information regarding their physical activities. Results showed that four hours a week of some ports increased hip density by 1.3%, which is a big percentage if compared with 2.1% loss of hip density in subjects who had not played sports.

Finally, osteoporosis is considered a silent "epidemic" as it affects more than 200 million persons a year, it tends to remain asymptomatic till the first fracture ensues, and when affects the hip bone, a life-threatening fractures can happen.

Though the study only included men, researchers think that same results apply for women too.

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