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Seniors may boost bone health with exercise, report says

July 29, 2009 by  

Seniors may boost bone health with exercise, report says According to researchers, moderate exercise can be a great health resource in that it may help boost and maintain bone strength and prevent falls and fractures in older people.

To arrive at this conclusion, Cochrane researchers conducted a systematic review of available data from 111 trials that included 55,303 older people. They found that in that group the individuals who were more physically active had on average greater strength, flexibility, balance and endurance than their peers who were not.

According to lead researcher Lesley Gillespie from Dunedin School of Medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand, exercise regimes such as supervised group workout, tai chi or individually prescribed exercise programs at home have shown the highest benefits.

The analysis suggested furthermore that falls, with the accompanying risk of serious fractures, were reduced in those who gradually ceased to use certain types of sleep medications, worked to reduce anxiety and depression and had cataract surgery on the first affected eye earlier than originally planned.

Of course, nutritional supplements containing calcium and vitamin D may also be an option for those who would like to boost their bone health.


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  • Aine Keegan

    ARRP backs Obama on HealthCare I cancel my Membership and health Care!
    Only took me a few minutes to get another Insurance policy
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    • carolyn


    • carolyn

      Actually, the best place to voice an opinion is 888-687-2277 as that is the membership number the other is the service number.

  • DixieConnie

    I knew I didn’t want AARP anyway. I hated that they sent me the “You are old at the age of 50 and you get an AARP card. yikes.
    And who the hell wants to exercise after spending all day at the office. Since we now have to work longer and there are less employees which means we work harder, go home, cook dinner, clean house and then sit down for 10 minutes and then off to bed to do it all over again tomorrow. Whew… I remember when 65 looked like an age to retire. Now, what’s it up to 75? This all makes me tired and weak. I think I need a BEER.

  • DixieConnie

    Per this article, what is the definition of “older people” ?


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    • Pat

      And the programs you mention are only the tip of the iceberg. Think about medicaid, medicare, social security, amtrak, the post office, the public school system (which is so bad now and getting worse thanks to government interference), GM and Chrysler, and how about how they handled Katrina with many of the people still on the government dole and living in government trailers. In fact, I am trying to think of one single program the government has become involved in that isn’t worse for the experience and riddled with graft and corruption.


    The AARP is a far-left supporter agency. Please leave them and find another insurance company. AARP well-knows its anti-American far-leftist support.

  • http://aol Kathie Roberts

    The definition of ”older people” are those that give in to the fact that they can,t do anything or think for themselves. the old saying that ”your only as old as you feel” is really true. Of course ageing can produce health problums that we didn,t have when we were young -but I mean just giving in to the fact that you are old and act like it . My husband and I rarely go to ”senior” centers for activity–rather we like like to be around people of all ages. We love the teen-agers and our grandchildren and try to be around people of all ages and those who don,t make it a point to ”act old”.
    Life is for living right up to the very end !!
    Grandma and Grampa Roberts


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