Sports Activities as an Effective Way of Preventing Osteoporosis
The benefits of sports have been extensively studied and documented throughout the years of medical progress. Intense physical activity is known to improve blood flow, regulate blood pressure and even have positive effects on a person's mood. A recent research is here to connect exercise to yet another advantage linked to a very serious medical condition.
Dr. Mattias Lorentzon and his team of researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, conducted a very interesting study that lead to the conclusion that load-bearing sports prevent the loss of bone density which is the main cause of osteoporosis development.
The study lasted 5 years and included 800 young men, with their ages ranging from 18 to 20 years. The exercise frequency and bone mass of all of the participants were documented both at the start and at the end of the time period.
The results showed that men who played sports like soccer, tennis, basketball or volleyball (also known as load-bearing sports) for 4 or more hours every week demonstrated a significant improvement in the density of their hip bones. On the other hand, participants who did not include sports in their weekly schedules showed a decrease in the same characteristic by about 2.1 percent. But that’s not all.
The sports mentioned above also contributed to bone growth, meaning they helped the body in making the bones that researchers focused on, not only stronger but also bigger. Both of these facts are huge advantages against osteoporosis.
According to popular belief, the first signs of osteoporosis can be observed by medical experts as early as the age of 25, even though they do not cause any noticeable effects. However, as the years go by, the bones are losing more and more mass, leading to a point in which they are full of pores and begin to fracture or even break easily. This is considered to be the final stage of the condition which usually appears when a man reaches the age of 50 or more.
Reducing the risk of entering this very unpleasant situation is as simple as picking one of the sports mentioned earlier and practicing it on a regular basis; once a weekly would enough to keep your bones in good health to old age. The more you jump and move around, the better it is for your bones since it is the best way to create and keep new and stronger bone tissue. Playing with your friends or even joining an amateur sports team are both good ways to increase motivation and help you enjoy the activity you choose.