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Do Underweight Men and Women have Low Bone Mass ? And could you get osteoporosis in a Younger Age? im 20 years old

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Tricky question

Hi. Yes, young people can certainly have bad bone health due to genetic or nutritional defects.
However, you don't reach peak bone mass in life until about age 30, so environmental factors (nutrition, vitamins, etc...everything but genetic factors) could still be addressed and corrected with gain of bone mass & strength. You need adequate protein nutrition, calcium, and vitamin D, etc. for bone.

In brief: Tricky question

Hi. Yes, young people can certainly have bad bone health due to genetic or nutritional defects.
However, you don't reach peak bone mass in life until about age 30, so environmental factors (nutrition, vitamins, etc...everything but genetic factors) could still be addressed and corrected with gain of bone mass & strength. You need adequate protein nutrition, calcium, and vitamin D, etc. for bone.
Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Dr. Mark Roberto
Preventive Medicine

In brief: Not always

sometimes underweight do, especially in chronic disease.
Younger people sometimes do get osteoporosis if other disease process going on

In brief: Not always

sometimes underweight do, especially in chronic disease.
Younger people sometimes do get osteoporosis if other disease process going on
Dr. Mark Roberto
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Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine

In brief: Cause?

If you are underweight because of anorexia or severe malnutrition from a medical condition such as malabsorption then you could have low bone mass and develop osteoporosis.
If you are a lean person, eating healthy, exercising and very fit, you could be underweight without any risk to your bone health.

In brief: Cause?

If you are underweight because of anorexia or severe malnutrition from a medical condition such as malabsorption then you could have low bone mass and develop osteoporosis.
If you are a lean person, eating healthy, exercising and very fit, you could be underweight without any risk to your bone health.
Dr. Susan Arnoult
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Dr. Milroy Samuel
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Calcium is recommended early on to avoid bone loss that starts as early as adolescents in some patients.

In brief: Yes

Calcium is recommended early on to avoid bone loss that starts as early as adolescents in some patients.
Dr. Milroy Samuel
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