Osteoporosis, a condition where bones become less dense and more prone to fractures, is predominantly seen in the elderly but can also occur in children. Not all fractures in children are due to osteoporosis; some result from high-impact trauma.
Cultivating healthy nutritional and lifestyle habits in childhood is key to preventing osteoporosis and fractures later in life. Peak bone mass, which is reached by late twenties, is crucial for long-term bone health.
Peak bone mass is influenced by factors, including:
In children, osteoporosis is typically secondary to another medical condition or medication used to treat such conditions. It can also result from genetic disorders such as Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Conditions that increase the risk of osteoporosis include:
Certain medications (e.g. anticonvulsants, corticosteroids) and behaviours (prolonged inactivity, inadequate nutrition, excessive exercise) can also increase osteoporosis risk.
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