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Can the female athlete triad affect your bones?

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Athletes with menstrual disorders have lower estrogen levels, which often leads to lower bone mass. Findings show that a young woman who hasn't menstruated in four years may have the bone density of a 50-year-old woman.

Be sure to increase calcium in your diet (or through supplements), and eat enough calories to keep your body fat or weight from dropping too low. People who are too lean - with a body fat below 12% for the teenaged female athlete -- will not maintain strong bones.

From: The Female Athlete Triad WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Johnston, C. 1992.  New England Journal of Medicine,

Laughlin, G. 1996.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism,

Warren, M., 2001.  Journal of Endocrinology,

National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Panel on Optimal Calcium Intake, 1994.  Journal of the American Medical Association,

Wyshak, G, 2000.  Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine,

Female Athlete Triad Coalition web site. 

Children's Hospital Boston's Center for Young Women's Heath web site.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on February 26, 2018

SOURCES: 

Johnston, C. 1992.  New England Journal of Medicine,

Laughlin, G. 1996.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism,

Warren, M., 2001.  Journal of Endocrinology,

National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Panel on Optimal Calcium Intake, 1994.  Journal of the American Medical Association,

Wyshak, G, 2000.  Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine,

Female Athlete Triad Coalition web site. 

Children's Hospital Boston's Center for Young Women's Heath web site.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on February 26, 2018

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