Continuing bone growth throughout life: A general phenomenon

Authors

  • Stanley M. Garn,

    1. The Fels Research Institute, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Instituto de Nutricion de Centro America y Panama, Guatemala City, Guatemala, C. A.
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  • Christabel G. Rohmann,

    1. The Fels Research Institute, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Instituto de Nutricion de Centro America y Panama, Guatemala City, Guatemala, C. A.
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  • Betty Wagner,

    1. The Fels Research Institute, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Instituto de Nutricion de Centro America y Panama, Guatemala City, Guatemala, C. A.
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  • Werner Ascoli

    1. The Fels Research Institute, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Instituto de Nutricion de Centro America y Panama, Guatemala City, Guatemala, C. A.
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Abstract

Cross-sectional data on 2799 subjects from five different populations and longitudinal data on 113 older adults indicate continuing adult bone growth in the second metacarpal. Similar 6-decade increases in the size of the cranium confirm continuing bone growth as a general phenomenon not necesarily related to weightbearing or flexion stress and representing an increase of approximately 10% in skeletal volume concomitant with the major age-associated decrease in skeletal mass.

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