By measuring bone density, we define the vitality of our bones.
A decreased bone density is most typical for older people, but also younger people can encounter problems. We know two groups of factors which influence bone health. We have no influence on factors such as age, health condition, medications, health therapies and genetic design, but we can contribute to the health of our bones with regular physical activity and an appropriate diet.
The right diet and lifestyle are important in the early ages because they contribute to maintaining bone density later on in life.
To date, many genes that determine bone strength have been discovered and an understanding of mechanisms with which these genes influence bone structure is improving.