Nutrition may trump exercise for long-term bone health, finds mice study

636754522190217585joint bone health.jpg

18 Oct 2018 --- While comparing mineral supplementation and exercise in mice, Universtiy of Michigan researchers found that nutrition may have a bigger impact on bone mass and strength. The study also identified that long-term mineral supplementation increased the ability to maintain the strength once exercise training had stopped. The findings could be significant in maximizing bone mass and strength in young adulthood to protect against the potential declines that come with aging.

“The longer-term mineral-supplemented diet leads to not only increases in bone mass and strength but the ability to maintain those increases even after detraining,” says David Kohn, a University of Michigan Professor in the schools of dentistry and engineering. 

“This was done in mice, but if you think about the progression to humans, diet is easier for someone to carry on as they get older and stop exercising, rather than the continuation of exercise itself,” he adds.

Kohn stated that the findings “surprised” the researchers: “We expected diet to enhance effects of exercise (which it did), but were surprised by the effects of diet alone and greater effect of diet in this model,” he tells NutritionInsight

The study increased calcium and phosphorous and found benefits to increasing both.

The researchers note that the findings should not cause people to “run out and buy calcium and phosphorus supplements” as the mice study may not directly translate to humans. It does, however, give researchers a conceptual place to begin.

“The specific effects are likely different between mice and humans, but the big picture issues of trying to maximize bone mass and strength in young adulthood to buffer the inevitable decline with age, using a supplemented diet, combining diet with other interventions, such as exercise; and analyzing effects of diet (and other interventions) on outcomes beyond just bone mass (e.g. strength) are important for humans,” Kohn tells NutritionInsight.

The role of diet in bone strength has been widely studied. A University of East Anglia study noted that sticking to a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, unrefined cereals, olive oil and fish – a Mediterranean style diet – could reduce hip-bone loss within just 12 months. While researchers from the University of Missouri identified that soy protein may counter the adverse effects of menopause on bone and metabolic health – such as osteoporosis.

To contact our editorial team please email us at editorial@cnsmedia.com

Related Articles

Health & Nutrition News

Nestlé opens new global maternal and infant nutrition R&D center in Ireland

22 Jan 2019 --- Nestlé has inaugurated its first Research and Development Centre in Ireland at its existing manufacturing facility in Limerick, marking the completion of a three-year building program with a capital investment of €27 million (US$30.65 million). The new R&D center will focus on scientific research to support innovations in the development of milk-based maternal and infant nutrition products for the global market. 

Health & Nutrition News

Examining DNA derived from GM foods: Scientists probe how it penetrates the body's cells

22 Jan 2019 --- Toxicologists, including scientists from the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), studying the potential risks of genetically modified (GM) products have published a review on the fate of the DNA derived from GM food and how it can survive during digestion and penetrate into the cells of the body. One of the key findings is that the micro-ribonucleic acid – one of the main molecules in cells of living organisms – of GM foods that were treated with insecticides and antiviral sprays can affect genetic processes in the bodies of those who consume it.

Health & Nutrition News

“Achieving the purity of wild ginseng”: Botalys taps into expanding adaptogenic market with new launch

22 Jan 2019 --- Botalys, a supplier of rare plant extracts, is to launch what it describes as the most bioactive Panax ginseng powder on the market, coined HRG80. The launch is to take place at Vitafoods Europe 2019, held in May in Geneva, and Natural Origins group will be in charge of its Western Europe distribution. Ginseng’s mainly used for its stress-reducing properties, Paul-Evence Coppée, Co-CEO of Botalys, tells NutritionInsight, and the plant is “considered by many to be the king of adaptogens.”

Health & Nutrition News

Sustainable diets? Mixed responses to landmark EAT Lancet dietary overhaul recommendations

21 Jan 2019 --- Industry experts and academics have aired mixed responses to last week’s landmark EAT Lancet study, which calls for an overhaul of global everyday diets to safeguard global health and avoid damage to the planet. The significant recommendations include amendments to food production and reductions in food waste. Although many have welcomed the study’s goals and scientific approach, questions have been posed as to the viability of the far stretching policy changes it proposes, as well as the utility of one set of dietary recommendations deemed to be suitable for everyone.

Health & Nutrition News

Genes affect where our bodies store fat, Swedish study finds

21 Jan 2019 --- Whether your body stores fat around the trunk or in other bodily parts is highly influenced by genetic factors and this effect is more predominant in women than in men. This is according to a recent study from Uppsala University, published in Nature Communications, which measured how fat was distributed in nearly 360,000 voluntary participants.

More Articles
URL : http://www.nutritioninsight.com:80/news/nutrition-may-trump-exercise-for-long-term-bone-health-finds-mice-study.html