A physical exercise programme was found to help women suffering from postmenopausal osteoporosis, say researchers. Montserrat Otero, a PhD holder in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country studied 68 women with postmenopausal osteoporosis of the age group 50 - 72, of whom 34 were randomly assigned to the Exercise Group and 34 to the Control Group. The participants in the Exercise Group followed a supervised programme of physical exercise involving strength and balance training, which lasted six months in which there were 72 sessions each lasting 60 minutes, in which between 5 and 8 balance exercises and between 8 and 12 strength exercises were done per session. The Control Group did not take part in the programme of physical exercise, although they did do the strength and balance tests beforehand and afterwards. At the start of the programme there were no significant differences in the two groups in any of the variables. However, following the intervention, the strength of the upper and lower limbs of the groups was markedly different. Otero said that those in the Exercise Group improved their performance in muscular strength of the upper and lower limbs, while those in the Control Group worsened in both variables. With respect to the balance variable, the Exercise Group had a significant improvement after the intervention. Otero concluded that a programme of physical exercise based on low-intensity strength exercises and exercises involving static and dynamic balance, carried out three days per week in one-hour sessions over a 6-month period, leads to significant improvements in muscular strength in the upper and lower limbs and in static and dynamic balance in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis. Otero added that is why if there is no access to sophisticated equipment due to the economic cost involved, even without it, the risk factors of the main consequence of the disease can be reduced.Source: ANI << New Cause for Common Lung Problem Identified Functional 3-D 'Heart Patch' Created >> Recommended Reading Screening for Osteoporosis The risk of suffering from osteoporotic fractures is 30-50% in women and 15 to 30% in men. Osteoporosis screening is currently recommended for women only. READ MORE Exercise It is important for us to understand the power of daily exercise. Only then can we motivate ourselves to inculcate the habit of exercise on a daily basis. READ MORE Quiz on Fitness Who wouldn't want to look fit in the current scenario where young and old are hitting the gym to look and feel fighting fit? We invite you to participate in this quiz on fitness and check if you are well informed on what it takes to remain fit all ... READ MORE Around Three in 10 Women Do Not Pick Their Prescriptions for Osteoporosis A new study reveals that three in 10 men do not pick up their bisphosphonate prescriptions which is essential in treating osteoporosis and similar bone diseases. READ MORE Colle’s Fracture Colles fracture or broken wrist is a wrist fracture, which occurs within an inch of the wrist joint. Colles fracture involves the forearm bone’s distal end of the radius. READ MORE Exercise and Fitness Exercise is about revamping your lifestyle, not just weight loss. Exercise to get healthy – that way, you’ll last longer at it and get better results. READ MORE Fracture A fracture is a condition where the continuity of the bone is lost. Majority of bone fractures occur because of high force impact or stress on a bone. READ MORE Kyphosis Kyphosis is a spinal disorder, which is derived from Greek word – 'kyphos' which means bowed or bent. Spinal curve of the backbone in the upper back causes bowing of the backbone. It also affects the lower back. READ MORE Lifestyle And Osteoporosis Encyclopedia section of medindia briefly explains about Lifestyle and Osteoporosis READ MORE Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Simple and practically possible lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in improving our health status without actually putting much effort. READ MORE Osteoporosis Osteoporosis is a bone disease that leads to an increased risk of fractures. The bone mass is reduced and the bones are porous, thereby resulting in weakness of the skeletal system of the body. READ MORE Rickets Encyclopedia section of medindia explains in brief about Rickets READ MORE Tips to Live Longer Though life is temporary and short, it is possible to maximize the span of our existence by living healthy and savoring every moment of life, read our tips to live longer READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) Blood Pressure Calculator Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects More News on: FractureRicketsOsteoporosisLifestyle And OsteoporosisKyphosisDiet Lifestyle and Heart DiseaseTips to Live LongerColle’s FractureExercise and FitnessLifestyle Modification: No Big Deal!