Play sport to avoid osteoperosis in later life

10 May 2012, 09:16

By playing load bearing sports such as volleyball, basketball for four hours a week or more, young men increase bone mass and may gain protection from developing osteoporosis later in life.

According to a new study in the May issue of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, young men with an active lifestyle in their late twenties seemed to gain the greatest bone benefit.

“Men aged 19 to 24 who increased their load-bearing activity not only developed more bone, but also had larger bones compared to men who were sedentary during the same period,” said senior study author Mattias Lorentzon, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Gothenburg.

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