Osteoporosis: an evolutionary perspective

  title={Osteoporosis: an evolutionary perspective},
  author={D. Karasik},
  journal={Human Genetics},
  • D. Karasik
  • Published 2008
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Human Genetics
  • Increased life expectancy has led to an overall aging of the population and greater numbers of elderly people. Therefore, the number of people with osteoporosis has increased substantially, accompanied with an epidemic of hip fractures. Osteoporosis is an age-related systemic condition that naturally occurs, among mammals, only in humans. Osteoporosis is known to be highly heritable. However, assuming a genetic determinant for this post-reproductive disease to be transmitted from one generation… CONTINUE READING
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