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Are some teenage girls and college-age women at risk of osteoporosis?

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Teenage girls who restrict their eating and who lack menstrual periods are at risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Young female athletes who try to reach a low body weight for running or dancing are more likely to not have periods. So are those who compete in scoring sports such as gymnastics and figure skating.

From: Types of Osteoporosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Department of Health and Human Services: "Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2004."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions" and  "Osteoporosis in Children and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 20, 2017

SOURCES:

Department of Health and Human Services: "Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2004."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions" and  "Osteoporosis in Children and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 20, 2017

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