Bone Loss in Animals

  • H. H. Draper
Part of the Advances in Nutritional Research book series (ANUR, volume 9)


When Garn et al. (1967) concluded that aging bone loss is universal, they were referring to the human species. Subsequent research has shown that this conclusion extends to all other species of vertebrates so far examined, from laboratory rodents to non-human species living in the wild. Although the pattern of bone loss differs among species and no animal model has been identified in which the pattern of loss exactly simulates that in humans, studies on aging bone loss in animals have yielded valuable information on the causes of bone loss in human subjects, particularly about the effects of physical activity and nutrition. Much of this information is summarized in a publication by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences on mammalian models for research on aging (1981).


Bone Loss Trabecular Bone Bone Mineral Content Phosphate Intake High Protein Diet 
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  • H. H. Draper
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  1. 1.Department of Nutritional SciencesUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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