Journal article

Diet and exercise during growth have site-specific skeletal effects: a co-twin control study

S Iuliano-Burns, J Stone, JL Hopper, E Seeman

Osteoporosis International | SPRINGER LONDON LTD | Published : 2005


Exercise and improved nutrition offer safe, low-cost and widely applicable approaches to potentially reduce the burden of fractures. We conducted a cross-sectional study of 30 monozygotic and 26 dizygotic male twin pairs, aged 7-20 years to test the following hypotheses: (1) Associations between bone mass and dimensions and exercise are greater than between bone mass and dimensions and protein or calcium intakes; (2) exercise or nutrient intake are associated with appendicular bone mass before puberty and axial bone mass during and after puberty. Total body and posteroanterior (PA) lumbar spine bone mineral content (BMC) and mid-femoral shaft dimensions were measured using dual energy X-ray ..

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