Consuming fewer calories and doing regular exercises might make bones fragile
Calorie control, especially if done simultaneously with exercise, can make bones smaller and weaker. This comes after a latest research and studies some on mice.
However, as opposed, exercising while having a full-calorie diet is very good for bone health, the researchers explained.
Their research and analysis have been published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research paper.
“These findings in a sense kind of amusing for us,” says senior study author Dr. Maya Styner, an associate professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She revealed that past studies in mice have indicated normal or high-calorie diet with exercise is good for bone health.
“Now we have found out that this is not true for exercise while on a calorie limited diet,” she adds.
Bone is not a static material in fact. It is very lively in functioning; it is always renewing itself. During childhood, the formation of new bone happens quicker than the removal of old bone, leading to bigger, heavier, and denser bones.
Bone formation continues over bone removal until one reaches the age of 20–30 years, during which time it peaks in most people.
Most people can reduce bone loss that starts around the third decade of their life.
They can achieve this by indulging in regular exercise, abstaining from smoking, not drinking too much alcohol, and making sure that they have enough amount of vitamin D and calcium in their diet.
Osteoporosis happens when the formation of bo es is too slow, while its opposite is too quick, or a combination of both. The condition, which leads to a situation that affects females more often than males, weakens bones and makes them more likely to endure a fracture.
Scientists explain that a reason why osteoporosis is more frequent in females is that their bones are mostly thinner and small in comparison to men. Another explanation could be because menopause leads to a rapid drop in estrogen, a hormone that is capable of bone protection.