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The effect of physical exercise on bone density in middle-aged and older men: A systematic review

Overview of attention for article published in Osteoporosis International, April 2013
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Title
The effect of physical exercise on bone density in middle-aged and older men: A systematic review
Published in
Osteoporosis International, April 2013
DOI 10.1007/s00198-013-2346-1
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Authors

K. A. Bolam, J. G. Z. van Uffelen, D. R. Taaffe

Abstract

Although trials have shown that exercise has positive effects on bone mineral density (BMD), the majority of exercise trials have been conducted in older women. The aim of this study was to systematically review trials examining the effect of weight-bearing and resistance-based exercise modalities on the BMD of hip and lumbar spine of middle-aged and older men. Eight electronic databases were searched in August 2012. Randomised controlled or controlled trials that assessed the effect of weight-bearing and resistance-based exercise interventions on BMD measured by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, and reported effects in middle-aged and older men were included. Eight trials detailed in nine papers were included. The interventions included walking (n = 2), resistance training (n = 3), walking + resistance training (n = 1), resistance training + impact-loading activities (n = 1) and resistance training + Tai Chi (n = 1). Five of the eight trials achieved a score of less than 50% on the modified Delphi quality rating scale. Further, there was heterogeneity in the type, intensity, frequency and duration of the exercise regimens. Effects of exercise varied greatly among studies, with six interventions having a positive effect on BMD and two interventions having no significant effect. It appears that resistance training alone or in combination with impact-loading activities are most osteogenic for this population, whereas the walking trials had limited effect on BMD. Therefore, regular resistance training and impact-loading activities should be considered as a strategy to prevent osteoporosis in middle-aged and older men. High quality randomised controlled trials are needed to establish the optimal exercise prescription.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Gambia 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Unknown 144 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 43 29%
Student > Bachelor 22 15%
Researcher 15 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 10%
Unspecified 14 9%
Other 39 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 56 38%
Sports and Recreations 29 20%
Unspecified 23 16%
Nursing and Health Professions 10 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 10 7%
Other 20 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 32. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 June 2016.
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#529,362
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#6,041
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#4
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