Nutrition and Risk for Osteoporosis

Robert P. Heaney

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In 1990 osteoporosis was redefined, for the first time in nearly a century, as a condition of skeletal fragility due to decreased bone mass and to microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissue, with consequent increased risk of fracture. This definition was conceptually important because it both acknowledged and encouraged a shift in thinking about osteoporosis from an anatomic to a dynamic condition. Low bone mass became a risk factor for fracture, rather than, as formerly, the defining feature of the disease. This redefinition accompanied a growing recognition that osteoporosis is not a single disorder but a group of more or less discrete fracture syndromes, multifactorial both in etiology and in pathogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOsteoporosis
Subtitle of host publicationFourth Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages37
ISBN (Print)9780124158535
StatePublished - Jun 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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