There is yet another good reason to begin exercising early in life and participating in sports activities as a teenager. According to research from the University of Sweden, men who participated in athletics in their late teens experience bone building benefits that last for years, even if they’re no longer training intensively. Most people know that brittle bone disease, or osteoporosis, occurs in women, but it also happens in men. In fact, some experts predict the incidence is expected to triple over the next 50 years. Physical activity is known to help build bone mineral density. That’s also called BMD. That reduces the likelihood of fractures in later life. Researchers followed 90 men, 63 athletes and 27 non-athletes controls. The participants were followed for eight years beginning in their teens. By the end of the study, those who were active as teens had greater bone density, even if they had stopped training years earlier.
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