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"Late Puberty May Lead to Weaker Bones" - Linda Carroll

  • Reuters Online
  • New York, NY
  • (August 09, 2019)

Teens who hit puberty late may end up with weaker bones, a new study finds. In the study, which included more than 6,000 British children, researchers found that kids who experienced their growth spurts - which occur around the age of puberty - late had lower than average bone density in young adulthood. “While the study showed that kids who spurted late may have had less time for bone accumulation, it’s not clear what the value of this finding is,” said Robert Rapaport, MD, professor of pediatrics, endocrinology, and diabetes at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai who was not involved in the study. He added, “The more important question, going forward, is how this translates into bone mineral density in adults and older people and whether children with low bone density had increased fracture risk.”

— Robert Rapaport, MD, Professor, Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Diabetes, Chief, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital

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