Many people are under the impression that bone loss belongs only to the elderly. An image of bent, fragile ladies hobbling from place to place has caused many misconceptions surrounding the condition. While in reality, building bone starts decades before a fracture ever appears.
According to the National Institutes of Health, 90% of all bone mass has already formed by the time a young woman reaches her 17th birthday. Whether or not osteoporosis develops later in life has several risk factors, but the early years of bone development are key to future outcomes. At a time when soda is more appealing than milk and teens turn their noses up at spinach to reach for a hamburger, most women are not looking or thinking ahead about their future bone health. (more…)