Researchers have found that diet has a greater impact on bone mass and strength than physical activity. 19659003] In the study, mice also showed an increase in bone strength after stopping exercise, as long as they consumed minerals, reported Xinhua.
"The longer-term mineral-enriched diet not only leads to an increase in bone mass and strength, but the ability to sustain these gains even after getting out," said David Kohn, a professor at the University of Michigan in the US.
The second important result is that the diet alone has positive effects on bones without exercising.
"The data suggests that long-term consumption of minerals-fortified foods might be beneficial to prevent the loss of bone and strength with age, even if you do not do any exercise training," Kohn said.
While most studies look at the effects of increasing calcium in food, the new study, published in the journal PLOS One, examined the effects of dietary calcium and phosphorus and found benefits in increasing both.  That's not to say people are phasing out and buying calcium and phosphorus supplements, Kohn said.
Although the results are not directly transmitted from mice to humans, they provide the researchers with a conceptual starting point, the team noted. 19659007] IANS