Most often, men play sports in order to build muscle mass or maintain the cardiovascular system in normal conditions. However, American scientists discovered another useful property of physical exertion.
Researchers at the University of Missouri (University of Missouri) have found that the strength of bone tissue can be increased during sports training.
Scientists examined the medical data of 203 men, whose age was in the range of 30 to 65 years and found that those who regularly exercised in their youth had higher bone density than those who were far from sports at that time.
Low bone density in people of mature and elderly age is the main cause of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is traditionally considered a disease of postmenopausal women. It was at this time that the female bone tissue does not receive the required nutrition and loses its strength. However, scientists estimate the effects of osteoporosis for men are much higher than for women. After all, performing physical work in adulthood a man has a better chance of falling and getting a fracture.
Experts noted that even if a man was not fond of sports in his youth, it is never too late to start. An increase in bone density during sports training is also characteristic of middle-aged men.
The results of the study are published in the American version of Men's Health magazine.