Dr. Heaney shares when women should start proactively preventing osteoporosis.
When they are adolescence. That’s when they need to start. They’re building their peak bone mass then. Half of the bone they will have as an adult comes in between say, 12 and 19 and then there’s a further consolidation out to age 30 and at that point, the window of opportunity is just about closed.
Then, a woman has to optimize what she’s got. She’s got to hold onto it as best she can, but she needs to be active while she is building it and that requires again, those same three legs of the three-legged stool. It requires an active exercise program. It requires good nutrition, requires normal hormonal status. So, athletic amenorrhea, the exercise people who are too thin, anorexia nervosa, all the eating disorders, they’re very bad on the skeleton.
About Dr. Heaney, M.D., F.A.C.P, F.A.C.N.:
Dr. Robert Heaney is an internationally recognized expert in the field of bone biology and calcium nutrition. He has worked for over 45 years in the study of osteoporosis and calcium physiology, and has published more than 300 original papers, chapters, monographs, and reviews in scientific and educational fields. He is a frequently invited editorial writer for the major medical journals, including JAMA, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Annals of Internal Medicine, Clinical Chemistry, Metabolism, and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. He serves on numerous nutrition industry scientific advisory panels.
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