Exercise For Preventing And Treating Osteoporosis In Postmenopausal Women

Publication

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Date Published

2011

Author

Howe TE, Shea B, Dawson LJ, Downie F, Murray A, Ross C, Harbour RT, Caldwell LM, Creed G 

Summary

The most effective type of exercise intervention on bone mineral density (BMD) for the neck of femur appears to be non-weight bearing high force exercise such as progressive resistance strength training for the lower limbs. The most effective intervention for BMD at the spine was combination exercise programs. Results suggest a possibly important effect of exercise on bone density. Exercise has the potential to be a safe and effective way to avert bone loss in postmenopausal women. 

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