Journal article

[Senile osteoporosis: an update].

Cristina Alonso-Bouzon, Gustavo Duque

Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología | Published : 2011

Abstract

Knowledge of the mechanisms underlying the development of osteoporosis in the elderly has advanced greatly in the past few years. After an initial sudden loss of bone mineral mass in the peri-menopausal period there follows a more progressive and gradual loss that has also been seen in men. This initial drop in bone mass is due to a significant increase in bone resorption. There is also a significant reduction in bone formation with age that is mainly due to osteoblastogenesis in the bone marrow passing to a second plane, transferring its main role to adipogenesis. In this article, the latest evidence on the pathophysiology of senile osteoporosis is reviewed, highlighting the mechanisms of a..

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