Bone-Healthy Living / Exercise / Research / December 13, 2011

While most of the focus on obesity is from the perspective of the risks it adds to a person’s cardiovascular health, chances of developing diabetes, sleep apnea, certain cancer types and other medical conditions, it has now come to light that obesity also plays a major role in pegging your risk of developing osteoporosis and osteoarthritis later in life. Researchers from Sweden’s Sahlgrenska Academy (Gothenburg University) have carried out a study which revealed that the body’s obesity-related hormone called adiponectin was responsible for increased risk of fractures as well as osteoporosis. (1) Obesity is an adverse medical condition where the body accumulates excessive fat and puts it to risk for various health problems and in some cases life expectancy. Obesity is usually managed by improving the lifestyle of the effected person through better eating habits, improving food quality, exercising and…

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Exercise / November 9, 2011

We can add one more benefit to the long list of reasons why we should be exercising on a regular basis, even if we do them moderately every other day of the week. Researchers at McMaster University, Canada have now found that workouts trigger the influential stem cells to develop into bone cells rather than fat, thus improving the body’s ability and capacity to produce blood. (1) The study found that the body’s mesenchymal stem cells in particular had the maximum possibility to convert to bone rather than fat cells depending on the path they follow. Mesenchymal stem cells are multipotent in nature and have the ability to differentiate into many cell types such as bone cells, cartilage cells or fat cells. (2) The study using mice was conducted by the Department of Kinesiology of McMaster University. The research lead…

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Exercise / October 26, 2011

This is a bone health exercise guide directly from the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) Balance Exercises for Bone Health Balance and leg strengthening exercises can help improve balance while decreasing the risk of falls. Many fitness centers, community centers and other organizations offer balance exercise programs, such as Tai Chi classes. Balance exercises can also be done at home. Who should do balance exercises? Balance exercises are especially important if you have fallen during the past year or if you lose your balance while doing regular daily activities. How often should you do balance exercises? You can do balance exercises every day. You can perform these exercises at one time or spread them throughout the day. Below is an example of a balance progression exercise you can do at home. Balance Training Progression Exercise: Before beginning the progression exercise, keep…

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