MedMinute: Moderate exercise increases bone strength, prevents fractures


Fluctuations in weight, blood pressure and blood sugar levels in otherwise healthy people seem to be associated with a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death.  New research in the American Heart Association’s journal “Circulation” found people who varied the most in these measurements during a 5-and-a-half year period were more than twice as likely to die and nearly 50% more likely to have a heart attack compared to people with more stable levels.

Men are more likely than women to suffer a second bone fracture. Researchers in Canada found the risk of a secondary fracture for both men and women is highest in the first three years after the first break.

Another study finds older men who engaged in at least moderate exercise, including walking, increased their bone strength and lowered their risk of fracture compared to men who remained sedentary.

1. Circulation 
2. American Society for Bone & Mineral Research
3. American Society for Bone & Mineral Research

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