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Bone Fat Loss Found to be Crucial for Better Bone Health

A new study published in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research shows a new mechanism through which exercise can enhance bone health. Exercise burns the fat inside of bones which leads to bone regeneration in mice.

And results can be obtained in a matter of mere weeks!

Mouse models won't necessarily translate to human anatomy but the same stem cells that produce bone and fat in mice produce bone and fat in humans.

According to Maya Styner, MD, this new evidence suggests that exercise could be an effective method to help reverse bone issues such as osteoporosis and fractures.

Styner reported, "I see a lot of patients with poor bone health, and I always talk to them about what a dramatic effect exercise can have on bones, regardless of what the cause of their bone condition is."

This research also suggests that the results are even more dramatic in obese populations.

"With obesity, it seems that you get even more bone formation from exercise. Our studies of bone biomechanics show that the quality and the strength of the bone is significantly increased with exercise and even more so in the obese exercisers," said Styner.

The exact mechanisms through which this happens still needs to be clarified. One theory is that as the bone fat is burned during exercise, the released energy is utilized to create new bone. Another idea is that exercise stimulates stem cells which then go on to build more bone tissue and less fat.

Styner believes the former to be more likely, saying "What we can say is there's a lot of evidence suggesting that marrow fat is being used as fuel to make more bone, rather than there being an increase in the diversion of stem cells into bone."

The team is developing future studies to further parse out the effects and determine the mechanism of action.

In the meantime, it's safe to say that exercise can help you build better bones!

References

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170518140220.htm

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