Bone fracture risk: Combat frailty by exercising THIS part of the body

Frailty increases a person’s risk of falling, breaking a bone and even dying.

It is normal to feel more frail - or weak - with age.

Older adults may show signs of walking more slowly or and having less energy.

However, researchers have revealed that doing particular activities can help preserve strength.

They suggested that performing exercises which target the leg muscles could help improve frailty and slow its progression.

These may include doing squats and lunges.

Scientists made the recommendations as part of findings published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

In the study they found that while frailty increases with age, certain factors can speed it up.

Researchers discovered that having greater leg power, being married, and reporting good or excellent health were associated with improvements in frailty.

Indeed, married men were 3.6 times more likely to be less frail, while having diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) could speed up the condition.

Scientists looked at more than 5,000 men aged 65 or older.

At the beginning of the study, around eight per cent of men were frail and 46 per cent were pre-frail - the stage between strong and health, and frail.

Over the next four and half years, 35 per cent had become more frail or had died.

At the same time, the proportion of strong and healthy men decreased. 

The researchers noted that frailty was not always inevitable, with some older adults - nine to 14 per cent - actually becoming stronger as they aged.

They noted that avoiding developing chronic conditions like diabetes and COPD could also help avoid frailty.



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