Football is a multipurpose sport, and a research shows that it helps in combatting lifestyle diseases. A study revealed that the playing football will increase the bone strength of diabetic patients especially between the age of 55 to 70 years. The study was carried out by the football researchers and physiologists at the University of Denmark and the University of Faroe Islands .
Individuals with prediabetes and type-2 diabetes have a risk of osteopenia and bone fractures. The study confirms that football and proper dietary guidance is effective for the osteogenic training and improving bone health. It has significant positive effects in the legs and clinically important femoral sites.
Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans were used to evaluate the initial bone health of the participants as well as the training-induced effects, along with blood samples to determine plasma markers for bone turnover and bone formation.
From these measurements, 73 percent of the participants were diagnosed with femoral osteopenia and 24 percent with femoral osteoporosis prior to the intervention.
The idea of football for the middle and old aged patients with poor bone health is a new. The modified version “Football- Fitness Concept” was practicable and effective for the elderly patients.
Football is a multipurpose sport that combines strength, endurance and high-intensity interval training, and this makes it a good tool for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes and other lifestyle diseases,” says Peter Krustrup, professor of sport and health sciences at the University of Southern Denmark,
The study was conducted in Faroe Island with the participants aged between 55 to 70 years. The participants were untrained, prediabetic and had poor health fitness.