Dec 7, 2012 · Leave a Reply

Study Links Healthy Muscle Mass to Healthy Bone

By AJ Montpetit @ajmontpetit


A recent study at Mayo Clinic, published in the Journal of Bone & Mineral Research, looked at skeletal muscle mass and bone health across the lifespan, and determined distinct differences in how muscle affects the two layers of bone in both men and women. Because skeletal muscles and bones form highly‐integrated systems that undergo significant age‐related changes, and given that the relationships between muscle mass and trabecular versus cortical bone or trabecular microarchitecture have not been systematically investigated in the past, the goal was to investigate the relationship that they play in building healthy bones.

“Our study adds to the growing body of evidence supporting the highly integrated nature of skeletal muscle and bone,” says lead author Nathan LeBrasseur, Ph.D., of Mayo's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, “and it provides new insights into potential biomarkers that reflect the health of the musculoskeletal system.” The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health, Mayo Clinic, and a gift from Robert and Arlene Kogod.

Dr. LeBrasseur discusses the study and it's implications in the video below.

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