Smoking Linked to Low Bone Density in Teen Girls

A recent study published in The Journal of Adolescent Health reveals that teenage girl who smoke may suffer from low bone mineral density.

The study examined 262 healthy girls ages 11 to 19, measuring their bone density three times over a three year period, and also asked them questions concerning their smoking habits. It should be noted that the sample group fell below national averages for calcium intake and physical activity as well.

Findings showed that the girls who smoked entered adolescence with the same lumbar and hip bone density as those who were nonsmokers. However by 19-years of age, the smokers were found to have lower bone density (development was delayed by approximately one year).

“Care providers — clinicians and parents — it needs to be something they’re vigilant about, ” said Lorah D. Dorn, a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the study’s lead author.

Source: New York Times

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