Women and Bone Health

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Women and Bone Health

Postby Canuck Singh » Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:08 pm

A thorough cross sectional study published in Medicine Science & Sports Exercise (1999) demonstrated that middle aged women who participated in high impact exercise for the last 20 years has far greater bone density than those that chose non impact-loading sports. Data was taken Analysis from over 60 women athletes participating at various sports at the Australian Masters Games in 1999.

Duel Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA), the gold standard of bone mineral density was used to determine bone strength and analysis of data demonstrated that the women participating in basket ball, net ball, running and hockey possessed greater bone mineral density than athletes participating in water sports (non-impact activity). Interestingly, in this study, high impact sports showed far better correlation to bone mineral density and bone health than dietary calcium intake. Therefore it may appear that for optimum bone health throughout life, activities that incorporated some form of impact loading do need to be performed regularly in your fitness program.
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