Exercise may help reduce injuries from falls in older men

Exercise may help reduce injuries from falls in older men

 “The British Medical Journal is a distinguished peer reviewed publication. This investigation is based on 1,600 men. They found that men aged 70-89 can lower their risk of a serious fall by 38% by exercise. If these “working out” men fall, they have a 53% lower risk of fall-related fractures. These men have a 59% lower rate of fall injuries requiring hospitalization.

I personally find going to a gym daily is the best way to stay strong when you retire.” Bill Chesnut, MD.

 The New Haven (CT) Register (2/3, Stannard) reported that research published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) suggests exercise may help reduce “injuries from falls in older men, but not in women.”

HealthDay (2/4, Preidt) reports that the research “included more than 1,600 inactive women and men, aged 70 to 89, randomly assigned to either a long-term, moderate exercise regimen or to a health education program.” Investigators found that “compared to those in the health education group, men in the workout group had a 38 percent lower risk of serious fall injuries, a 53 percent lower risk of fall-related fractures, and a 59 percent lower rate of fall injuries requiring hospitalization.” However, “the exercise program did not appear to reduce women’s risk of serious fall injuries.”

AMA newsletter, February, 2016.