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Osteoporosis risk for teenage girls who diet

6th January 2010

New research from a Bristol University team has shown that teenage girls who diet to stay slim may be putting themselves at higher risk of osteoporosis.

Researchers looked at more than 4,000 young people aged 15, using sophisticated scanning techniques that calculated the shape and density of their bones, as well as how much body fat they had. Fat mass plays an important role in building bone, especially in girls. They found a 5kg increase in fat mass was associated with an 8% increase in the circumference of the tibia.

 

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