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Keeping bones strong after the age of 50

News Release Release Date: March 16, 2015 9:00 a.m.

New research at the University of Regina finds that women over the age of 50 might be able to stay more active and healthier than earlier thought. The researchers have found that weight training combined with creatine supplementations - a compound found in red meat and seafood - preserves bone mass in posts-menopausal women.

"Our findings have enormous potential for the aging population and the health care system," says Dr. Darren Candow, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the U of R. Dr. Candow conducted the research in collaboration with Dr. Phil Chilibeck at the University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Candow's five-year clinical trial is funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).

Bone fractures and related ailments are estimated to cost the Canadian health care system more than $3 billion annually, according to Osteoporosis Canada.

 

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