Published On: Thu, Jun 16th, 2016

Exercise makes kid’s bones stronger

A smiling boy is showing the results of morning exercises

A smiling boy is showing the results of morning exercises

The latest research study has stated that physical activity makes stronger bones in kids, even for those who carry genetic alternatives that predispose them to bone weakness.

Jonathan Mitchell, lead author of the study from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in the US, stated that “While we have known for decades that physical activity during childhood builds up bone and confers lifelong benefits, we did not know whether the effects of activity depend on genetic risks for bone fragility,”

The research study, which was presented in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, illustrated that physical movement can cancel out the negative effects of genetic variants that connect with bone weakness in childhood.

To conduct the research study, the researchers examined a cohort of 918 kids and adolescents, from five to 19 years old.

As well, the researchers employed questionnaires in which research study members anticipated their quantity and sort of physical activity all through childhood.

The research team of the study as well calculated the participants’ bone thickness and genotyped their DNA for more than 60 genetic variants recognized to be linked with bone solidity.

Though, the researchers discovered that crosswise the board, kids had higher bone solidity scores if they had higher levels of physical activity.

This is even useful to the people with an elevated genetic danger for bone fragility. Significantly, the advantages of activity were driven completely by high-impact, weight-bearing activity, for example, gymnastics and soccer, which include sprinting, turning or jumping actions.

Their results underline that genetics does not essentially associate to destiny, and reinforce the significance of physical activity as the main factor to perk up the bone health of kids in the current and into later on life.

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.