Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Dergisi 2002 , Vol 45 , Num 3
Osteoporosis prevention and pubertal bone health
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Kocaeli Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Pediatri Profesörü Increased attention is given to childhood and particularly to puberty, as these are the critical periods for combating adult osteoporosis and for maintaining bone health throughout life. The reason for this is that peak bone mass, which is gained largely in puberty, is the main factor affecting bone health. The development of peak bone mass within an individual's genetic potential can be maximized by sufficient vitamin D storage in pregnant women; adequate intake of vitamin D, particularly in childhood but also throughout life; by regular physical activity; and maintenance of 1200-1500 mg per day of calcium intake, again particularly during puberty (9-18 years). Thus, pediatricians should give importance to bone health during follow-up of healthy children and should recommend physical activity programs which improve bone density to all children, especially to those with a chronic illness. Anahtar Kelimeler : kemik sağlığı, osteoporoz, puberte, bone health, osteoporosis, puberty
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