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Strong bones: nutrition vs exercise

Source:Food Bev Asia

Date Published:12/3/2018 06:12:39 PM

A study says nutrition, not exercise has more impact on bone strength.  

STUDYING mineral supplementation and exercise in mice, University of Michigan researchers say that nutrition has a greater impact on bone mass and strength than exercise. Even after the exercise training stopped, the mice retained bone strength gains as long as they ate a mineral-supplemented diet.

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“The longer-term mineral-supplemented diet leads to not only increases in bone mass and strength, but the ability to maintain those increases even after detraining,” said David Kohn, a U-M professor in the schools of dentistry and engineering.

Another finding is that the diet alone has beneficial effects on bone, even without exercising.

“The data suggests the long-term consumption of the mineral-supplemented diet could be beneficial in preventing the loss of bone and strength with age, even if you don’t do exercise training,” he said.

However, the findings don’t translate directly from mice to humans, but they do give researchers a conceptual place to start. Their study was published online in PLOS ONE. Co-authors included Michael Friedman and Robert Szczepankiewicz of the U-M College of Engineering.




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