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How can exercise help prevent bone loss in older women?

Eric Olsen
Fitness
Studies of osteoporosis in older women have shown that the rate of bone tissue loss can be slowed, stopped, and to a limited extent reversed through regular exercise. In a limited study of postmenopausal women, Harvard researchers found that women who engaged in high-intensity strength training twice a week for a year averaged a two-gram increase in total body bone mineral content. An equal number of women of the same age who didn't engage in such exercise lost 33 grams of bone tissue in the same period. The women who exercised also increased their strength and muscle mass and improved their balance.
Lifefit: An Effective Exercise Program for Optimal Health and a Longer Life

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