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Age at Attainment of Peak Bone Mineral Density and its Associated Factors: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005 -2014

Key clinical point: Improving bone health in individuals before they reach the age of 20 years old may help reduce risk of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures.

Major finding: The average age for attaining peak bone mineral density at the femoral neck, total hip, and lumbar spine was 18.7 years, 19.0 years, and 20.1 years, respectively, for women, and 20.5 years, 21.2 years, and 23.6 years, respectively, for men.

Study details: The data come from 18,713 adults in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005-2014.

Disclosures: The study was supported in part by Jilin University, China. The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Xue S et al. Bone. 2019. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2019.115163.