Six Weeks Of Weight Training Increases Bone Density in Men But Not Women

Six Weeks Of Weight Training Increases Bone Density in Men But Not Women
Osteoporosis or decreased bone density is a significant health problem in women and some men. Bone density, which decreases with age, is affected by bone loading, nutrition, and hormone status. Weight training is widely used as a method of preserving or increasing bone density.

A study from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles found that bone density in the hip and spine increased by 2.7-7.7 percent in men, but did not change in women, following a 24-week weight training program that included squats and deadlifts. Weight training increases bone density more in men than women. (Journal Strength Conditioning Research 25: 1098-1103)

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