‘Run­ning cured my os­teo­poro­sis’

Re­search has shown myr­iad health ben­e­fits are to be gained from run­ning in later life, in­clud­ing bol­ster­ing your bones

Runner's World (UK) - - THE OLD MASTERS -

Joyce Mor­ri­son, 69, from Worces­ter, had never run un­til she was 60. She took it up to keep her hus­band com­pany when he re­sumed run­ning in a bid to com­bat health prob­lems. He gave up, she con­tin­ued – and she hasn’t stopped, com­plet­ing more than 250 Parkruns and of­ten run­ning with her two daugh­ters and three grand­daugh­ters. ‘ I’m hooked,’ she says. In her late 50s, Joyce was di­ag­nosed with mul­ti­ple back frac­tures as­so­ci­ated with os­teo­poro­sis and put on med­i­ca­tion. A few years after tak­ing up run­ning, a scan showed that the back frac­tures had healed. ‘ My doc­tor said I could stop the med­i­ca­tion, as long as I kept up the run­ning. A year later I had an­other bone scan and the doc­tor found that, in the year since I’d given up the med­i­ca­tion, my bones had got stronger. He put this down to the run­ning.’

The ex­pla­na­tion was that the im­pact, al­lied to the added vi­ta­min D from be­ing ac­tive out­doors, had bol­stered Joyce’s bone den­sity. ‘ I find that amaz­ing,’ she says. ‘ I’d like that mes­sage to get out to the older age groups. My only re­gret is that I didn’t start do­ing it when I was younger.’

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