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Lifting Weights for Bone Strength

If a woman lives long enough, she can expect to become osteoporotic. If she breaks her hip from osteoporosis, she has a 20 percent chance of dying from complications within the year. A woman's bones are strongest when she is 20. After that, she loses bone continuously for the rest of her life. The stronger and larger her bones are when she is younger, the stronger they will be when she is older.

A study from Texas Women's University in Denton showed that lifting weights during adolescence can help prevent osteoporosis when women are older.  Lifting weights when a woman is young enlarges her bones and makes them stronger. All women can gain bone by lifting weights at any age. Just exercising will not strengthen bones; female marathon runners who stop menstruating develop horrible osteoporosis , in spite of their prodigious running. To help build bone, exercise must be done against resistance.  See Lifting Weights Makes Bones Stronger

Resistance training and bone mineral density in adolescent females. Journal of Pediatrics, 2001, Vol 139, Iss 4, pp 494-500. DL Nichols, CF Sanborn, AM Love. Address Nichols DL, Texas Womans Univ, Inst Womens Hlth, POB 425876, Denton,TX 76204 USA

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May 29th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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