Exercise builds stronger bones even in children with Genetic Risk

Exercise builds stronger bones even in children with Genetic Risk

Regular Physical Activity can help children including those who are genetically predisposed build stronger bones, a new study has suggested. High impact exercises play a vital role in improving the bone health of children in present and in their later ages, and that the genetics does not necessarily equate to destiny.

Researchers stated that their findings have reinforced the importance of exercise and they stressed that genetics does not play too much role. Jonathan Mitchell, the study author from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in the US said, “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.”

Regular Exercise can counteract the negative effects among genetic variants linked to bone fragility in childhood, and this is the first study to show that Exercise can have builds stronger bones even in children with Genetic Risks of bone fragility.

The study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research analyzed a group of 918 children and adolescents, between 5 to 19 years old, all of European ancestry.  The team has used questionnaires and the participants’ bone density and genotyped their DNA for over 60 genetic variants liked to be density. They have also considered amount and type of physical activity, these participants are partaking in.

The researchers in their study found that kids had higher bone density scores if they had inculcated higher levels of physical activity. The findings were functional to the children who were with higher genetic risk for bone fragility.
High-impact, weight-bearing activities that involve sprinting, turning or jumping actions such as gymnastics, soccer were proved to be beneficial for the Children in building stronger bones.

The researchers added that the other groups to follow up their study to investigate similar questions among other than the children of European ancestry.

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