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What can weaken a teenager's bones?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Chronic use of steroids (the kinds you swallow, not the kind you inhale for asthma), kidney disease and other conditions can weaken your bones. But in teens, the main offender is a diet deficient in calcium, especially in those with eating disorders. Preventing osteoporosis in the first place is a lot better than a future filled with fractured bones.

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