Weekly Health Tips
Walking May Lower Fracture Risk
Something as simple as walking a few hours each week may help lower the risk of hip fracture in men older than 50, according to new research. Researchers reviewed data on 36,000 men regarding how often and how vigorously they walked. The study suggests that for men whose primary activity was walking, those who walked four hours per week had a 43% lower risk of hip fractures than men who walked less than one hour per week. The more briskly they walked the better. Experts say weight bearing activity helps build new bone and increases muscle tone. Previous studies of women have yielded very similar results.