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can you build bone density by swimming?

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Dr. Robert Lang
Endocrinology 52 years experience
No: Swimming is a good aerobic exercise however, for bone weight bearing or resistance exercise is necessary.
Dr. Linda DiMeglio
Pediatric Endocrinology 28 years experience
Swimming can have modest effects on bone density in the it can increase lean body mass. The more muscle mass you have the higher the more bone you will put down.
Jan 22, 2013
Dr. Linda DiMeglio
Pediatric Endocrinology 28 years experience
Some not much : One of the biggest determinants of bone mineral density is lean body mass. Exercise is important for building lean body mass. Exercise is also important for putting load on your bones. This load is important for bone mass as bone strengthens as stresses are put upon it. Weight-bearing physical activity such as walking or running is better for building/ maintaining bone than non-weight-bearing activities such as swimming.

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What are the effects of menopause on bone health?

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