Stronger Muscles Make for Healthier Bone Development
[Source: Science Daily]
Scientists at the University of Southampton have shown that higher muscle mass is strongly linked with healthier bone development in children.Researchers also found no relationship between fat mass and bone development, indicating it is not an important factor in childhood skeletal strength.
Detailed measurements of 200 children enrolled in the Southampton Women’s Survey were taken soon after birth and then again at ages six to seven years old. State of the art scanning equipment was used to assess bone mineral density, shape and size of the tibia (the shin bone), and body composition.
“Bone strength and size is important because they are significant factors in long term osteoporosis and fracture risk,” says Dr Rebecca Moon, lead investigator of the study.
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