Early Onset of Puberty Associated with Stronger Bones
In news that is sure to be taken with mixed reactions, medical scientists have discovered that those who went through puberty earlier in life were found to have stronger bones and were less prone to developing osteoporosis later in life, a new study suggests. This implies a need for aggressive diagnosis and treatment options similar to innovations currently being tested such as the use of 3D printers to produce artificial bone inserts.
The research followed the development of 78 girls and 84 boys who were studied from the time they started puberty and reached sexual maturity. The researchers found that adult bone mineral density was influenced by the age of puberty onset with greater bone density noticed in those who began puberty sooner compared to lesser bone density in those who started puberty much later. However, interestingly enough bone strength did not appear to be affected by how long puberty lasted.
The study authors from the Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles claim that puberty has a significant role in bone density development because it is during this time that the bones epiphyseal plates close, eliminating the ability for the bones to lengthen. When this occurs, the child has reached their maximum adult height and peak bone mass.
It is known in other studies that reduced bone mineral density can lead to earlier onset of osteoporosis, which affects over 55 percent of Americans aged 50 or older with the majority of these cases involving women. In 2010, the estimated cost of treating osteoporosis in the United States was $10 billion with that figure expected to rise steadily in the next few years as the elderly population also increases.
The normal rate of bone mass depletion in adulthood is one to two percent each year. This indicates that the 10 to 20 percent difference in bone mass resulting from a natural early onset of puberty could provide an additional 10 to 20 years of protection against normal age-related decline in bone density, medical experts speculate. That figure can be increased even further with modifiable factors such as regular exercise, lifestyle habits, and dietary modifications.
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