Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Depression and Smoking in Teens Increases the Risk of Osteoporosis

Teen depression, smoking hard on the bones
Mental health and Psychiatry news - Dec 15, 2008

In girls, depression, anxiety, and smoking may inhibit bone development during the critical bone growth phase of adolescence, study findings suggest.

Failure to obtain maximal bone density during adolescence, when nearly 40 to 50 percent of bone mass or density is attained in girls, leaves "a deficit in the bone bank," Dr. Lorah D. Dorn told Reuters Health.

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