Poor bone health affects premmies in their 20s

Aussie research shows those who are born before 28 weeks are at higher risk of impaired bone health at 25

Young adults who were born before 28 weeks or with extremely low birthweight may have impaired bone health many years later, compared with their full-term peers, according to an Australian study.

bone density scan

At age 25, the premature/low birthweight group had significantly lower areal bone-mineral density and Z-score in the femoral neck as well as lower total hip Z-score than age-matched, normal-birthweight individuals, researchers report in Bone.

Lead author Dr Anjali Haikerwal of the