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J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2009 Jan;109(1):5-12.

Update on pediatric bone health.

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Metabolic Bone Disease Clinic, Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio 43205-2664, USA.


Osteoporosis has long been considered a health problem unique to older adults. Children and adolescents with chronic illness, primary bone disease, or poor nutrition, however, are also predisposed to impaired skeletal health. The present review discusses normal skeletal development, risk factors for low bone mineral density, and prevention and treatment strategies that can help optimize bone health in the pediatric population.

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