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26 May 2017

Can you spend 5 minutes a day to help with osteoporosis and osteoarthritis research?

Loughborough University is conducting research into the possible benefits of exercise on bone and joint health.

Earlier this month Dr Katherine Brooke-Wavell and PhD student Chris Hartley spoke with BBC Radio Leicester about the project and are looking to invite women aged 55-70 years to join the study.

The study involves five minutes of exercise daily, in the home, for six months.

Participants will be invited to visit the new National Centre for Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences building at the University for MRI scans of their joints and a DXA scan for information on bone strength. The team will monitor any changes that occur and measure the effect of the exercise programme.

Previous work has shown that a brief, home-based exercise programme can improve bone strength and so may reduce the risk of hip fracture.

The team want to continue this work and begin to investigate how this exercise may affect people’s joints. The research aims to help improve understanding of bone health and prevention of conditions such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

If you are interested in joining the study and would like some additional information, please get in touch with Dr Katherine Brooke-Wavell on 01509 222749 or or Chris Hartley on