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A 20-year-old male asked:

What does it mean , when an underweight person at the same height as a healthy individual has small bone like hands and feet does he have low bone mas?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Not at all: Most likely the size of the hands and feet are genetic so you could ask your parents/grandparents about others in the family with similar sized hands/feet.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
May be: a normal small person. If accompanied with any other symptoms consider evaluation for genetic abnormalities. If normal genetics consider weight lifting under supervision and exercise to improve muscle bulk.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Probably, NotCertain: Given limited information & the complexity of human body anatomy, this assessment likely has some accuracy. Since body anatomy, over time, usually adapts to body use & build in a effort to enable survival, low body weight/nutrition/demands for carrying body mass does not drive high bone mass. At the same time, external features do not always reflect internal structure for each individual. Why?

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