Nutrition and Osteoporosis

  • Harold H. Draper
  • R. Raines Bell
Part of the Advances in Nutritional Research book series (ANUR, volume 2)


The role of nutrition in osteoporosis is even less well defined than it is in other chronic diseases of aging such as atherosclerosis and cancer. Indeed, the view that osteoporosis should be regarded as a discrete disease is not universally accepted. Avioli (1977) proposes that it be defined as a “state” characterized by a reduction in bone mass below that which is normal for the skeleton of an individual of a given age, sex, and race. A progressive reduction in bone mass, generally referred to as aging bone loss, occurs in a large majority of the population beyond about 40 years of age. Osteoporosis may be regarded as the condition which exists when bone mass has been reduced to such an extent that the skeleton becomes vulnerable to fractures arising from mild trauma or the stress of daily activities. This distinction between aging bone loss and osteoporosis will be observed in the following discussion.


Bone Loss Bone Mass Bone Resorption Parathyroid Hormone Serum Calcium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harold H. Draper
    • 1
  • R. Raines Bell
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Nutrition, College of Biological ScienceUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  2. 2.Department of Medical TechnologyWestern Australian Institute of TechnologySouth BentleyAustralia

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