Doctors at the University of Manchester and St Mary’s Hospital have been given nearly £100,000 to carry out pioneering medical research into the bone condition osteoporosis.
Thanks to the leading medical research charity, Action Research, a team of specialists led by Dr Zulficar Mughal will study several groups of children to see whether combining calcium and exercise is even more beneficial to growing bone.
Osteoporosis is an increasing problem in the western world, now affecting one in three women and one 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.
Doctor Mughal said: "We 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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