December 1998 Bulletin

Stop osteoporosis in early childhood, says Dr. Tosi

The underpinnings of the epidemic in adult osteoporosis are the events that occur during the stages of growth and development, Laura Tosi, MD, told a press conference at the launching of the "How to Grow a Health Child" campaign.

The program is in response to the finding of the U.S. department of Agriculture that nearly half of the youngest Americans-children ages 3 to 5 years old-aren't getting enough calcium in their diet. The campaign is supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (a division of the National Institutes of Health), National Dairy Council, Milk Processor Education Program and the Academy.

Dr. Tosi, representing the Academy, said "we must begin to look at osteoporosis as a pediatric concern. And we need to shift our focus on how we can prevent the 1.5 million osteoporotic fractures we treat each year.

"Studies are now focusing on the earliest stages of life, looking at the bone density of newborn infants and the court of bone mineralization during the first years of life. There is a sense of urgency to help our kids significantly increase the amount of calcium in their diets…."

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