Weight – bearing exercises promote bone formation in men

Practising weight-bearing exercises such as resistance training and various types of jumps may increase bone density in men, a new study has found.

These exercises decrease sclerostin, a protein made in the bone, and increase IGF-1, a hormone associated with bone growth. The changes promote bone formation, researchers said.

Researchers from University of Missouri-Columbia in the US split men aged 25 to 60-years who had low-bone mass into two groups.

One group performed resistance training exercises such as lunges and squats using free weights. The other group performed various types of jumps, such as single-leg and double-leg jumps.

After 12 months of performing the exercises, researchers compared the levels of bone proteins and hormones in blood.

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