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Overcoming osteoporosis early

Building strong bones when young can reduce chance of loss later in life

Pashley Elementary fourth-graders Emily Benner, left, and Anne Pinkerton face each other to do push-ups then clap hands at the top of the rotation during gym class. Weight-bearing exercises have children use their own body weight to build strength and increase bone mineral density — important in preventing osteoperosis later in life.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Pashley Elementary fourth-graders Emily Benner, left, and Anne Pinkerton face each other to do push-ups then clap hands at the top of the rotation during gym class. Weight-bearing exercises have children use their own body weight to build strength and increase bone mineral density — important in preventing osteoperosis later in life.
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Osteoporosis has been billed by health professionals as “a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences.” The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that by next year, about 12 million people over age 50 will have osteoporosis. When you’re older isn’t the time to think about avoiding the disease. Preventing osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become less dense and more prone to fractures, begins in childhood, with ages 9 to 18 as the most critical years. According to ...

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