Older People: Osteoporosis, Fractures & Exercise


Older Person (2) A recent British Medical Journal (BMJ) article pointed out that most fractures in people of 70 years or older occur in those without osteoporosis.

Therefore, the answer to the problem cannot lie in more bone densitometry and biphosphonate prescribing.

A 5-year follow-up report from a Finnish trial suggests that exercise programmes could be far more effective, reducing falls by a half and fractures by even more.

Participants were women aged 70-78 without osteoporosis and the most effective exercise programme combined resistance and balance jumping.

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