Exercise for preventing and treating osteoporosis in postmenopausal women

Tracey E. Howe, Beverley Shea, Lesley J. Dawson, Fiona Downie, Ann Murray, Craig Ross, Robin T. Harbour, Lynn M. Caldwell, Gisela Creed

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Osteoporosis is a condition resulting in an increased risk of skeletal fractures due to a reduction in the density of bone tissue. Treatment of osteoporosis typically involves the use of pharmacological agents. In general it is thought that disuse (prolonged periods of inactivity) and unloading of the skeleton promotes reduced bone mass, whereas mechanical loading through exercise increases bone mass.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberCD000333
JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


  • osteoporosis
  • post-menopause
  • exercise
  • older women


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