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Can exercise increase bone and muscle mass in older adults?

F. Michael Gloth, III
Geriatric Medicine
The aging process is associated with a decrease in bone and muscle mass of about 1 percent per year, and a decrease in conditioning or functional reserve. However, exercise can be considered almost a "miracle" intervention that can minimize much of this effect. Depending on the intensity of training, the absolute difference can be as much as one third. Studies in 90-year-olds have shown that improvements in strength and muscle mass are possible even quite late in life.
Fit at Fifty and Beyond: A Balanced Exercise and Nutrition Program (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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