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Study: Bone-building workouts needed for bone health

Study: Bone-building workouts needed for bone health (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A new study shows working out may be better for your bones than vitamin D and calcium supplements when it comes to lowering the risk for fracture.

A review of 33 previous trials with a total of more than 51,000 people ages 50 and older who take vitamin D and calcium show people are no less likely to break a hip or another bone, than those who don't use these supplements.

Researchers in the study say what Dr. Howard Schertzinger of Orthocincy says-- that exercise may be the critical factor. That builds the bone and the muscles around the bone for better strength and balance.

“You know one thing I really emphasize with the patients is kind of a 30-day contract. If they can buy into working on exercise, moderate exercise, 20 minutes three times a week, 20 minutes. So, we’ll have ‘em do some kind of weight-bearing exercise, walking and then we’ll talk about chair exercises, simple and straightforward and it's amazing once they get their legs stronger they just feel better,” said Dr. Schertzinger.

There is some thought that based on this result, there may need to be new guidelines for vitamin D and calcium as people age.

It is not known if the same is true for diet. This study just compared supplements to a placebo group.

Absorption is different with diet. You also build bone in the first three decades of your life. This was true in both men and women.

The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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