Bones – the body’s framework
Childhood and the adolescent years are critical stages for bone growth and development, setting the foundations for life. In fact, about half of an adult’s bone mass is built up during this time.
Looking after our bones in our younger years can have a positive impact on our bone health. Throughout life, our bones constantly undergo a natural process of ‘remodelling’ where old bone is replaced by new bone. The ability to remodel bone naturally slows down as we age. This can contribute to age-related bone loss, making bone health a priority throughout life.
The health of our bones is determined mainly by factors that we cannot control such as genetics, gender and age. However, there are factors that we can control such as the foods we eat and the type of physical activity that we do.