Osteoporosis: a pediatric concern?

Faulkner, R. A. and Bailey, D. (2007) Osteoporosis: a pediatric concern?. Medicine and Sport Science, 51 1-12. doi:10.1159/000102993

Author Faulkner, R. A.
Bailey, D.
Title Osteoporosis: a pediatric concern?
Journal name Medicine and Sport Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0254-5020
ISBN 9783318014594
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1159/000102993
Volume 51
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher S. Karger AG
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Abstract Osteoporosis and related fractures are a major public health concern globally, and the incidence and subsequent morbidity, mortality and health care costs are expected to increase dramatically over the coming decades. Although osteoporosis was once considered (primarily) a disease of the elderly, there is now universal agreement that the condition has pediatric antecedents. Although genetic factors play an important role in the attainment of an optimal adult (peak) bone mass and strength, lifestyle factors such as physical activity and nutrition are also important determinants of children’s bone development. However, there is still much research needed to identify the exact role of modifiable lifestyle factors and childhood illness on long-term adult bone health and fracture risk. Much of our current knowledge is based on bone mineral content and areal bone mineral density assessed by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry; but with rapidly advancing technology, researchers will be able to more accurately assess other indices of bone strength, such as the material and structural properties of bone, during the growing years. Based on our current knowledge, however, it is clear that intervention strategies aimed at reducing the incidence of osteoporosis must begin in childhood or adolescence if they are to have maximal effect. copyright © 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel
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