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Exercise and Bone Mass

When it comes to bone mass and density, it’s a literal case of use it or lose it!

exercise and bone-mass

“Bone is a living tissue that reacts to the stresses we place on it. Every year, about 10 percent of our oldest bone matter is expelled from the body and replaced by fresh bone, and exercise and sports can make that incoming fresh bone denser and stronger than it’d be if we just sat on the couch, says Michael Econs, a physician and member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine.”

“But unlike muscle, there’s an age cutoff by which bones can’t grow larger.”

“Research by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control says we reach peak bone mass between 25 and 30 years old.” 1

Unfortunately, the U.S. educational system is contributing to the problem, with only 6 states requiring P.E. (physical activity / education). “Connecticut, Missouri, Rhode Island, Virginia, Arizona and Florida—require daily recess for elementary school students.” 2

Based on the meta-analysis of thirty five studies, with 3014 patients, acupuncture was found to be effective at treating osteoporosis. “Warm acupuncture seemed to more effective than electroacupuncture and needling for osteoporosis in comparison to sole Western medicine.” 3

1 https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/ne5zg8/this-is-the-effect-working-out-has-on-your-bones

2 https://stateofobesity.org/policy/physical-education/

3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29614884

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