What is peak bone mass?

Peak bone mass is the largest amount of bone tissue a person has at any time in life. This occurs within a mature skeleton, as bone mass develops during childhood, adolescence, adolescence, and even early adulthood. Most people reach their maximum mass at the age of 30 years. Because bones are some of the strongest and most rigid objects in the body, many people forget that they are living tissue, just like muscles. As with muscle mass, bone mass can be lost due to a number of factors.

Just as the body is constantly breaking down old muscle tissue and creating new, the body is also breaking down bone and replacing it with new tissue. Since many people have some periods of maximal physical exercise in their lives, during which they have the most muscle mass of their lives, everyone also has a period in which they have more bone mass than they have had before or will have again. At this point they have what is considered peak bone mass.

After this point, bone mass may be lost. To avoid brittle bones, too much bone loss, or even osteoporosis, people must work to not allow their bone mass to fall too far below its peak. This can be done by getting enough calcium and also making sure to participate in regular physical activities. Unlike muscle mass, which can be clearly seen under the skin, bone mass is impossible to see without medical technology. This is because mass has to do not only with the size of the bones, but also with their density.

At the point of maximum bone mass, the bones are denser than they have been or will be in the future. Although bones may have finished growing many years before peaking, they have never stopped developing internally. The difference between a bone in its peak and a bone that has experienced loss of bone density or osteoporosis is clear. When bone density has decreased or if osteoporosis sets in, the bones appear much more porous and, in a magnified form, can even resemble pumice stone.

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