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Osteoporosis

03 February 2011

Early puberty lowers osteoporosis risk

The earlier a person begins puberty, the lower their risk of osteoporosis later in life, a small new study suggests.

The earlier a person begins puberty, the lower their risk of osteoporosis later in life, a small new study suggests.

"During this time, bones lengthen and increase in density. At the end of puberty the epiphyseal plates close, terminating the ability of the bones to lengthen. When this occurs, the teenager has reached their maximum adult height and peak bone mass," Gilsanz explained.

 

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