Why is it important for adolescents to build bone mass?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

It’s important to stockpile bone during adolescence because up to 90 percent of bone mass is acquired by age 18 in girls and age 20 in boys. After age 30 the osteoclasts (bone- eroding cells) start to gain on the osteoblasts (bone-building cells), leading to gradual bone loss, if you don’t maintain your calcium intake and do weight-bearing exercise.

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