Eating Well, Health

For Strong Bones, Diet Tops Exercise

Yes, both diet and exercise help build stronger bones, but which has the greater influence? Researchers at the University of Michigan give the edge to diet. A U of Michigan news release reports that when researchers at the school looked at mineral supplementation and exercise in mice, they were surprised to learn that nutrition has a greater impact on bone mass and strength than exercise. They also found that even after the exercise training stopped, the mice retained bone strength gains as long as they ate a mineral-supplemented diet, and that diet alone has beneficial effects on bone, even without exercising. The best way to build stronger bones, unsurprisingly, was with a combination of exercise and diet.


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