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Babies Who Walk Earlier May Have Stronger Bones in Their Teens

TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For all those parents who fret about how quickly their baby will learn to walk, read up.

British scientists report that toddlers who can walk, run and jump by the time they are 18 months old may have stronger bones as teenagers.

The researchers suggested that their findings could help identify those at increased risk for osteoporosis and broken bones later life.

"The findings are intriguing, as they provide a link which wasn't previously understood, primarily that how we move as a young child can have ramifications for our bone strength even 16 years later," said lead researcher Dr. Alex Ireland. He's with Manchester Metropolitan School of Healthcare Science in England.

"We believe that stronger muscles could act as a 'marker' for this," Ireland said in a university news release. "Being more active gives you stronger muscles, which can then apply bigger forces to the bones as we walk, run or jump, helping to strengthen bones as we grow older."

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