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Osteoporosis - studying the combined benefits of exercise and calcium

This research was completed on 31 March 2002

Project LeaderDr M Zulficar Mughal, FRCP, FRCPCH, Professor Judith E Adams, FRCP, FRCR
LocationDepartment of Paediatrics, St. Mary's Hospital in conjunction with the Department of Clinical Radiology, University of Manchester both in Manchester.
Grant awarded21 October 1999
Start date1 April 2000
End date31 March 2002
Grant amount£95,386.00
Grant codeAP0782

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Osteoporosis is an increasing problem in the Western World, now affecting 1 in 3 women and 1 in 12 men. It is characterised by a fall in bone mass causing the bones to become porous and fragile, and in the UK alone, this condition results in about 200,000 fractures a year. Such fractures cause great pain and can lead to permanent disability. Exercise and a diet rich in calcium can help strengthen bones. These researchers will study several groups of children to see whether combining calcium and exercise is even more beneficial to growing bone. They hope to show that if children have a healthy diet and take plenty of exercise, they will have a much lower risk of developing osteoporosis in later life.
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