Muscle strength as a predictor of bone mineral density in young women.

  title={Muscle strength as a predictor of bone mineral density in young women.},
  author={C Snow-Harter and Mary L Bouxsein and Brian T. Lewis and Sylvie Charette and Philip Weinstein and R Marcus},
  journal={Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research},
  volume={5 6},
It is widely accepted that physical activity is beneficial to bone. However, the specific relationships of muscle strength to bone mineral density (BMD) are poorly understood. We examined strength and BMD in 59 women aged 18-31 years who ranged in exercise patterns from sedentary to active. Mineral density of the right proximal femur (hip) and spine (L2-4) was evaluated by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. BMD at the midradius was measured by single-photon absorptiometry. Dynamic strength (one… CONTINUE READING


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