How does exercise reduce the risk for fractures?

David Slovik, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Exercise is helpful because movement that compels your body to work against gravity stresses your bones enough to stimulate the growth of new bone tissue. In addition to helping maintain bone mineral density, exercise offers other benefits that can help protect you against fractures. Strength training increases muscle mass, which in turn enhances muscle control, strength, balance, and coordination. Good balance and coordination can mean the difference between falling -- and suffering a fracture -- and staying on your feet. Strong evidence shows that regular physical activity can reduce falls by nearly a third in older adults at higher risk of falling.

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