Throughout the first few decades of human life, and providing that adequate minerals are provided by diet, the body deposits these minerals into bone in order to strengthen it and also to serve as a future mineral reservoir. Humans typically reach peak bone mass or maximal bone density by their late twenties to very early thirties. After this time, bone density seems to decrease slowly. So from a osteoporosis prevention standpoint, maximizing peak bone mass is crucial as discussed below.
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