Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Physical Activity and Bone Density among Older Women: Results from a National Survey

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Physical Activity and Bone Density among Older Women: Results from a National Survey

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Lori W. Turner, Ling Ting, Martha A. Bass, and Barry Brown, University of Arkansas--Fayetteville

Osteoporosis is a serious health problem and crippling condition that often results in premature mortality and significant morbidity that may be manifested in the form of fractures, bone deformity, and pain. Osteoporosis is one of the most prevalent diseases of aging, affecting more than 25 million people in the United States, 80% of whom are women. This disease is responsible for approximately 250,000 hip fractures a year with an annual total of 1.5 million fractures occurring in the United States. Physical activity has been shown to have a positive impact on bone density; however, research regarding the effects of specific physical activities on bone density is limited. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of type of physical activity on bone density among a national sample of women 50 years and older. Participants included in this study were participants in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). Bone mineral density of the proximal femur was measured using d ual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. The sample for this study included 3,310 women 50 years and older who resided in households interviewed for NHANES III and who had received bone mineral density testing. …

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