[CR]Re:(CR) Why would cyclists lose bone density?


Example: Events:Cirque du Cyclisme

Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 19:28:14 -0800 (PST)
From: brad stockwell <brdstockwell@yahoo.com>
To: Steve Maas <stevem@nonlintec.com>, Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
In-Reply-To: <4032D105.2030809@nonlintec.com>
Subject: [CR]Re:(CR) Why would cyclists lose bone density?

To All Bike Riders with Bones:

Muscle metabolism expends calcium. Endurance athletes who don't chow down on calcium rich food can reduce their bone mass, weight-bearing excercise or not, simply due to a lack of material. Triathletes and aerobics instructors have the same problem.

There was an article in the cycling press last year about the health studies being done on Tour de France riders and it was verified that after the tour the riders' skeletal mass was significantly reduced.

I suspect that the average reader of BICYCLING! probably does not ride often enough -- or eat little enough -- to justify worrying about this problem!

Brad Stockwell Palo Alto

Steve Maas <stevem@nonlintec.com> wrote: why should cyclists have more bone-density loss than normal, active people who do not bicycle? It makes no sense, a priori.

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