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Preventive Medicine for Osteoporosis

Posted: November 19, 2018

In America, 20-25 million Americans suffer from Osteoporosis. In the United Kingdom, 6.2 million people suffer from this disease alone. Globally, Osteoporosis is at near-epidemic-proportions. Osteoporosis literally means “porous bones” and Osteoporosis naturally develops as we grow older and bones lose their mineral mass (bone mineral content) and calcium concentration (bone mineral density). Bones become increasingly more brittle and porous over time.

Good nutrition plays an important role in combating Osteoporosis, a degenerative disease. But Choi Kwang Do training may be the key to help to strengthen weak bones. Bones do indeed age, but do they have to weaken?

With exercise the body adapts to necessity. It adapts to the ‘specific’ demands we place on it. With gradual progressive stress the human body adapts, it becomes stronger and healthier. However, too much stress too quickly and the body can fail to adapt, it can breakdown. Exercise stress, and indeed martial arts training needs to be progressive and gradual, to allow the body to strengthen and to promote individuals health.

Choi Kwang Do could indeed be the most superior form of exercise for the prevention of Osteoporosis, and to help those who are suffering with this disease to re-strengthen their weak, porous bones. In scientific studies, the activities that caused the greatest increase in bone mass (the studies were conducted on individuals participating in basketball, volleyball and gymnastics) were ‘high-impact’ activities on the skeletal system. What can be more ’high-impact’ than hitting a focus mitt, heavy punching bag, or body shield with kicks and punches?

The health care industry is currently the biggest failing business on the planet. Training in the Choi Kwang Do could be the best preventative medicine currently available for preventing the on-set of, or reversing Osteoporosis.

References: Dook JE, et al. Exercise and bone mineral density in mature female athletes. Med Sci Sports Exerc 1997;29:291. Fehling PC, et al. A comparison of bone mineral densities among female athletes in impact loading and active loading sports. Bone 1995;17:205. Robinson TL, et al. Gymnasts exhibit higher bone mass than runners despite similar prevalence of amenorrhea and oligomenorrhea. J Bone Miner Res 1995;10:25

Published in ‘Black Belt UK’, Number 55, July 2005 www.budointernational.com