Nutrition and Osteoporosis

  • Harold H. Draper

Part of the Advances in Nutritional Research book series (ANUR, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Susan K. Pfeiffer, Richard A. Lazenby
    Pages 35-51
  3. H. H. Draper
    Pages 53-71
  4. E. M. C. Lau, J. Woo
    Pages 101-118
  5. D. M. Hegsted
    Pages 119-128
  6. John J. B. Anderson, William S. Pollitzer
    Pages 129-149
  7. Jane E. Kerstetter, Lindsay H. Allen
    Pages 167-181
  8. B. E. Christopher Nordin, Allan G. Need
    Pages 209-230
  9. Claude Ribot, Florence Trémollières, Jean-Michel Pouillès
    Pages 257-271
  10. Everett L. Smith, Catherine Gilligan, Lorri J. Tommerup
    Pages 273-285
  11. Susan I. Barr, Jerilynn C. Prior
    Pages 287-310
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 311-313

About this book


Nutrition and Osteoporosis: Seeing Through a Glass, Darkly (1 Cor. 13:12) This volume of Advances in Nutritional Research deals with the present state of knowledge relative to the role of nutrition in the etiology of osteoporosis, one of the most serious degenerative diseases in the aging population. As a back­ drop for subsequent chapters on specific nutrients, Chapter 1 provides a com­ prehensive account of the gain and loss of bone throughout the life cycle, with emphasis on the architectural changes in later life that predispose to osteoporotic bone fractures. Chapter 2 documents the occurrence of aging bone loss through­ out human archeological history and Chapter 3 extends this documentation to all non-human vertebrate species so far examined, including primates living in the wild. It is apparent that a progressive loss of bone tissue is a normal accompaniment of aging among higher vertebrates. Whether it is a cause of bone fractures in animals, as it is in humans, is still unknown. It has also been established that there are significant differences in the frequency of osteoporotic fractures among human families, ethnic groups, national populations and diet cultures. Numerous studies have been carried out in an effort to explain these differences, and many of these deal with the possible effect of nutrition. Protracted controversies over the role of nutrition in the etiology of osteoporosis are reflected in the contents of several of the ensuing chapters.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Harold H. Draper
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Nutritional SciencesUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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