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is it possible that when you are working out at 16 most of the nutrients you take from food go to building the muscle instead of going to the bones?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
No: Most "pop" nutrition advice for athletes is subscientific. If you get a reasonable amount of protein and other nutrients, your'll grow in all areas. The cells involved with bone growth are affected very little by your fitness habits and will do their work regardless. Don't worry about bodybuilding causing shorter stature -- unless you are foolish enough to try anabolic steroids.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
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