Strenuous exercise ‘can protect against height loss in later life’

Several key factors associated with height loss in postmenopausal women - an occurrence known to increase the risk of disease and premature death - have been identified.

A new study by the University of Buffalo, US, looked at what women did when they were adolescents. It found that strenuous exercise, at least three times a week, in teenage years protected against height loss in later life.

Three other factors were also found to be associated with height loss of one inch or more: older age, heavier weight and the use of corticosteroids, which is known to reduce bone density.

Dean of the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions Professor Jean Wactawski-Wende said: “Although this study was done on postmenopausal women, there is a key message for younger women: strenuous exercise in teenage years has lasting effects on your bones later in life.”ADNFCR-2094-ID-801846862-ADNFCR