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Osteoporosis

Bone Growth In Teenagers

02/20/2006

Question:

Hi, my son is about 17 and 6 months old. He has gained height in his teenage years, but I am worried that he hasn't gained bone mass and he is a boy after all which means they are suppost to get more muscle. Can you tell me why this or is he still growing?

Answer:

Many boys grow taller before they add muscle mass in their teenage years.  Review his eating pattern and encourage him to eat healthy foods.  Check with his doctor about his growth pattern. 

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati