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Posted on Friday, May 25, 2018

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Running can keep bone marrow young – study finds

Researchers have discovered that runners have younger and leaner bone marrow than non-runners. Dr. Guy Trudel and Dr. Adnan Sheikh, recently published the first study to show that regular weight-bearing exercise can slow down and even stop spinal bone marrow from aging. In fact, for every 9 km a person runs per week, their bone marrow gets one year younger. Results showed that running was the most effective way to keep bone marrow young, with long-distance runners having bone marrow eight years younger than participants who performed no regular sport.

Guy Trudel
Faculty of Medicine
The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre
Phone: (613) 737-8899 (75591)


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