Later in adolescence, more bone fractures?

Researchers at the University of Bristol have found that young people who come late in puberty, to catch up in all areas: in early adulthood, young people who finished their pubertal growth spurt late, have a lower bone density and thus a higher risk for bone fractures had.

The results of studies in JAMA Network Open that Teenagers had started their adolescent growth spurt later than their peers over several years of below-average bone density.

The epidemiologist, Dr. Ahmed Elhakeem said: "Our research suggests that children who Mature later are at an increased risk for fractures when they grow. You may also have an increased risk for osteoporosis later in life." The long-term effects of timing of puberty on growth and bone development have yet to be examined Because the study participants are only in their twenties, it is important that you continue to be observed in order to investigate the Occurrence of osteoporosis and fractures later in life.

The bone mass at the end of the growth spurts in the teenage age is considered to be a reference to the later risk of fractures and osteoporosis. In order to determine whether the timing of puberty has an influence on bone density in adulthood, the researchers 6389 children between ten and 25 years, repeated bone scans. The understanding of the changes in bone density during puberty is an important step to be able to measures for the prevention of osteoporosis and bone fractures meet.