Achieving optimum bone health during childhood and adolescence is not only important during this period, but it’s also key in keeping bones healthy throughout life. In the year 2000, it was estimated that in the WHO European region there were over 3 million osteoporotic fractures representing over one third of the total worldwide.
In order to maximise bone health throughout life, WHO have identified that it’s important to:
1. Achieve the highest possible bone mass during the time of growth – childhood through to early adulthood;
2. Maintain bone health in early adulthood; and
3. Reduce the rate of bone loss in later life.