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You may have never considered the need to burn fat inside your bones, but a new study from the US has found that exercising may well have this effect – and it could improve bone health, particularly in obese people.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina found that, in mice, exercise burns fat within bone marrow, a process which appears to improve both bone quantity and quality. The stem cells that produce bone and fat are the same in humans as in mice.

Lead author Maya Styner, MD, a physician and assistant professor of endocrinology and metabolism at the university said ‘One of the main clinical implications of this research is that exercise is not just good, but amazing for bone health. In just a very short period of time, we saw that running was building bone significantly in mice.’

‘I see a lot of patients with poor bone health, and I always talk to them about what a dramatic effect exercise can have on bones, regardless of what the cause of their bone condition is. With obesity, it seems that you get even more bone formation from exercise. Our studies of bone biomechanics show that the quality and the strength of the bone is significantly increased with exercise and even more so in the obese exercisers’.

Source: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research

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