IOF Regional 7th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Conference Sydney, Australia – 2018 – IOF-OA-ANZBMS Joint Session Abstracts
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EXERCISE AND OSTEOPOROSIS
B. R. Beck1
1Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
Exercise has traditionally been considered, at best, an ancillary strategy for the management of osteoporosis, largely due to a preconception that it is a less effective therapy than medications. Furthermore, the paradox that bone requires the application of large magnitude strains to initiate positive adaptive changes, but that osteoporotic bone is at high risk of fracture under high load conditions, has been a deterrent to empirical testing in this demographic. Recently however, the landscape has changed. Novel RCT evidence has shown that not only can brief, high load exercise notably improve bone mass in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis and osteopenia, it can be achieved without injury under supervised conditions. Bearing in mind the simultaneous benefit for sarcopenia and falls, neither of which are enhanced by bone medications, exercise can in fact be described as providing a...