M One should favor lifting and running over cycling to preserve their bones, researchers have said after a study suggested brittle bone disorders are more common than previously thought.
Researchers who measure men's bone density and women between the ages of 35 and 50 found 28 percent of men showed precursor signs of osteoporosis compared to 26 percent of women.
The results are surprising because the debilitating condition affecting about three million people in the UK is more commonly associated with women than men.
The University of Mississippi researchers said many of the men in the study had been keen cyclists, but that this non-weight-bearing form of exercise does nothing to improve bone density. 1
"We typically associate bone mineral density loss with postmenopausal women, but our findings showed increased risk in younger men," said Dr Martha Bass, who led the research.