Stochastic Model of Bone Remodeling and Osteoporosis

  • James L. Hargrove
Part of the Modeling Dynamic Systems book series (MDS)


Osteoporosis is a condition of skeletal fragility manifested by an increased risk of bone fracture that is now a major health problem in many countries (Melton, 1991). Oddly, this bone disorder is a sign of successfully living a long life, for it is relatively uncommon among people less than 50 years of age. Nevertheless, it is crippling to those afflicted, and there is a sense of paradox in that osteoporosis is more readily prevented than cured. Any person with risk factors for osteoporosis needs to become mindful that preventative strategies should begin in adolescence, or at the earliest possible stage in life, for the greater the bone density achieved during one’s growing years, the longer it will be before bone deterioration begins to affect health.


Trabecular Bone Bone Remodel Lumbar Vertebra Control Panel Initial Thickness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James L. Hargrove
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  1. 1.Department of Foods and NutritionUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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