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Bone Health in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: For Teens/Children

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source: Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy


This fact sheet is about bone health in people with duchenne muscular dystrophy. You might want to start by reading the endocrine information sheet, which introduces you to some basic topics. When we say “you” in this fact sheet, we mean the person with duchenne.

What is osteoporosis and what causes it?

Strong bones need lots of physical activity, good nutrition, enough sunshine, and your growth and puberty hormones. People with duchenne often have weak bones (called osteoporosis). This is because they are not running and jumping that well. They may be treated with steroids, which can also cause weak bones. Weak bones can break more easily (called fractures).

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