Kristina Muise
Kristina Muise
MSc student @uwinnipeg ‘21 👩‍⚕️ Veterinary student @royalvetcollege ‘25 🔬 Bat Research & Veterinary MedicineSource
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Why don't hibernating bears get osteoporosis?

Why don't hibernating bears get osteoporosis?

In humans and some animals, long periods of physical inactivity can lead to osteoporosis, a disease where bones break down and become weak. Osteoporosis is usually caused by either bone not being formed or an increase in bone resorption (where components of bone are reabsorbed into the body). But bears are inactive for 4-6 months of the year during their winter hibernation periods, yet they do not develop osteoperosis. New research, published in Scientific Reports, explores how black bears manage to escape this fate. During hibernation, black and grizzly bears (Ursus americanus and Ursus...

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