Adolescents: at increased risk for osteoporosis?

  title={Adolescents: at increased risk for osteoporosis?},
  author={Barbara A. Cromer and Zeev Harel},
  journal={Clinical pediatrics},
  volume={39 10},
Perhaps the most important factor in the primary prevention of osteoporosis is the attainment of an optimal peak bone during adolescence. In addition to endogenous factors, such as genetic and ethnic background, environmental factors such as dietary habits, physical activity, and sex hormone therapy, influence the accretion of bone mass during this critical period of skeletal growth. First, calcium dietary intake in adolescents is generally well less than the current recommended RDA of 1200 mg… CONTINUE READING
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