To participate in this study, please contact Amy Harding at Griffith University on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.liftmor.org.
Osteoporosis is a condition of bone loss that occurs with age and makes you very susceptible to fracture. Within ten years over 6 million Australians over the age of 50 will suffer from osteoporosis or low bone mass and a fracture will occur every 3 minutes. One quarter of all people sustaining an osteoporotic hip fracture will die within a year.
WHY MEN OVER 50?
People often think that osteoporosis only affects women but the reality is that one in five men over the age of 50 will also suffer an osteoporotic fracture. Unfortunately, men are diagnosed much less frequently than women and are treated even more rarely. The irony is that men suffer a greater loss of independence and are at higher risk of death following a fracture. Our goal is to provide the evidence for an effective therapy for men.
Men are diagnosed with osteoporosis much less frequently than women and are treated even more rarely. The irony is that men suffer a greater loss of independence and are at higher risk of death following a fracture...
THE LIFTMOR-M STUDY
Recently at Griffith University we discovered a certain form of exercise that really improves the bones of women with osteoporosis. We are now testing to see if it also works for men in the LIFTMOR-M study (Lifting Intervention for Training Muscle and Osteoporosis Rehabilitation-for Men). We have also acquired a novel machine designed to improve bone mass from Osteoporosis Australia, so we’re testing that too.
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?
Men over the age of 50, not currently doing weight lifting training, and willing to attend Griffith University Gold Coast campus twice a week for 8 months of free supervised exercise training are encouraged to call for screening. Not everyone is eligible, but we’ll be able to tell by asking some simple questions.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Free supervised exercise (that ordinarily would cost over $2000), for a start! Participants will also receive free bone, muscle and fat scans at the beginning and end of the study and calcium consumption will be calculated. Free parking is available.
Your involvement in this study will help contribute to the understanding of exercise as a treatment strategy for bone health, helping countless older men suffering from osteoporosis.