Duke Medicine: Women at Workouts
With more women participating in sports and exercise these days, doctors are seeing a rash of problems that are unique to women. Duke Women's Sports Medicine program can help.Posted — Updated
Open a yearbook from any high school across the country, and you'll see basketball, volleyball, and soccer teams full of young female athletes bursting with health -- or so it would appear. But appearances can be deceiving, as Alison Toth, MD, knows all too well.
"More than a few of these teenagers could be developing bones as porous and brittle as a 50-year-old woman's," says Toth, director of the Duke Women's Sports Medicine program. Such young women, she explains, are often victims of the 'female athlete triad' -- a syndrome in which young women don't eat enough to make up for the calories they expend.
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