Jumping & Resistance Training Decreases Chances Of Men Developing Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis Chances Reduced In Men After Resistance Training & Jumping


Osteoporosis is more common in women than men. However, men as well as women can develop the disease. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by bones becoming brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.

Your bones are living, active, and growing tissue – unlike what you see drawn in books. Bone tissue constantly changes throughout your life span, with some bone cells dissolving and new bone cells growing back in a process called remodeling.

But for people with osteoporosis — a thinning of the bones — bone loss outpaces the growth of new bone. Bones become porous, brittle, and prone to fracture. Look at an X-ray of a hip with normal bone density, and you see a dense matrix of bone cells. But look at a hip with osteoporosis, and you see mostly air. The bony matrix has all but dissolved, with only a few thin strands left.

Osteoporosis in men is primarily caused by a deficiency of testosterone, a male sex hormone. Is there anything that can be done to reduce the chances of men developing osteoporosis? According to the latest research, resistance training along with jumping increases bone density as well as bone formation, thereby reducing the likelihood of osteoporosis.

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Blood samples were collected from a group of men and analyzed after they did 12 months of rope jumping and resistance training.

They found that sclerostin – a substance associated with the development of osteoporosis – concentrations in blood serum significantly decreased.

The researchers concluded that the beneficial effects of long-term, progressive, resistance training and jumping increases bone formation and reduces the chances for the development of osteoporosis in moderately active men.

The take-home-point is that if men want to reduce the probability of developing osteoporosis during their life, they should include resistance training or weight lifting as well as some types of jumping exercises in their exercise program.

I have not done extensive research on osteoporosis in women. However, I would assume that resistance training and jumping would benefit women as well as men.



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