According to this article, Dr John Kelly at the University of Pennsylvania, considers osteoporosis a pediatric disease. How can that be? Everyone knows that osteoporosis affects the little old ladies after they’ve gone through “the change” or the little old men at the nursing home. So why would it be considered a pediatric disease?
Bone mass continually builds until about the age of 30. In fact, most bone has reached its maximum strength and density by the time a girl is 18 and by the age of 20 in boys. Can bones still be strengthened even when someone is older? Of course. But thinking about building strong bones when you’re young may avoid the difficulties of treating osteoporosis later in life.
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