Aging of the Skeleton: Osteoporosis. An Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspective. Major Functions of the Skeleton. Body Support Body Movement Storage of Calcium and other minerals: Storage of Calcium provides upon request Calcium to blood.
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Aging of the Skeleton: Osteoporosis
An Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspective
Joints (or articulations)
Osteocytes carry on
mature bone function
Changes in bone
strength with aging
Adult bone: dynamic, active and plastic
Roberts and Manchester (1995)
- pattern of bone loss and fragility in the past is different than in clinical osteoporosis today
- mostly bone mass
- few studies of bone quality
- maybe sub-optimal conditions