The Superior Bone Density of Gymnasts
Gymnasts, intriguingly, possess the highest bone density among all individuals. This fact was highlighted during a conversation with Dr. John Jaquish, who stated, “Gymnasts have the strongest bone density on planet Earth”.
This claim is supported by a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, which found that gymnasts have higher bone density than non-gymnasts due to the high-impact nature of their activities, stimulating bone formation and increasing bone mineral density.
The exceptional bone strength of gymnasts can be attributed to their routine high-impact exercises. These activities cause their bones to compress, expand, and recalcify, leading to an overall increase in bone density. This process makes their bones highly resilient.
Osteoporosis: A Reversible Deconditioning
The question then arises: is this increase in bone density exclusive to gymnasts, or is it a potential benefit accessible to all? This query becomes particularly pertinent for individuals dealing with osteoporosis.
Dr. John Jaquish provides an encouraging perspective on osteoporosis, defining it as a “deconditioning of the bone”. While the term “deconditioning” is not commonly used in medical literature to describe osteoporosis, it is true that osteoporosis is a chronic condition caused by the loss of bone density.
Superhuman bone density can be largely attributed to strenuous, high-impact exercises. These exercises stimulate bone growth and contribute to increased bone mineral density, but the key question is how do you achieve “Superhuman” bone density, without becoming a gymnast?
How do I get Superhuman Bones?
Dr. Jaquish’s unique perspective on osteoporosis, describing it as a reversible “deconditioning” of the bone, brings hope to those grappling with this condition.
He posits that by adopting elements of the high-impact exercise routine that gymnasts follow, even in a modified form, it might be possible to improve bone density for those suffering from osteoporosis.
The principles behind bone-loading therapies, such as those offered at DexaStrong, align with this perspective.
These therapies are designed to target and stimulate bone growth by applying forces similar to those encountered in high-impact exercises. These non-invasive therapies have provided incredible results and could potentially help manage osteoporosis, increase bone density, and improve overall bone health.
Furthermore, Healthline has indicated that certain medical treatments can slow, maintain, or even increase bone density.
While further research is always welcome for the findings and understanding of the best applications of bone-loading therapies, the insights gained from studying gymnasts’ bone health alongside our first-hand experience with DexaStrong clients, offer hope and have broader implications for public health.
It shows that not only can osteoporosis be managed, but its impact may be reduced through the adoption of innovative treatments like bone-loading therapies.