Invest in Your Bones Report 2001

Invest in your bones: How diet, lifestyles and genetics affect bone development in young people

Invest in your bones: How diet, lifestyles and genetics affect bone development in young peopleWritten by Prof. Jean-Philippe Bonjour, a leading expert in the field and a member of the International Osteoporosis Foundation's Committee of Scientific Advisors, this report explains the facts and fallacies of how diet, lifestyle and genetics affects bone development in young people.

Report highlights

  • It's estimated a 10% increase of peak bone mass in children reduces the risk of an osteoporotic fracture during adult life by 50%.
  • In girls, the bone tissue accumulated during the ages 11-13 approximately equals the amount lost during the 30 years following menopause.
  • A sedentary lifestyle – too much TV, computer use – is bad for bone development. On the other hand, children and adolescents who exercise regularly show significant increase in bone mass.
  • Bone mineral mass gain in the spine increases five-fold during the ages 11-14 in girls and 13-17 in boys.
  • Avoiding tobacco use during adolescence is an efficient way of reducing the risk of osteoporotic fractures in later life.

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